Bergoglio a popular pick for Milwaukee Catholics

New pope has Argentinian roots

Published On: Mar 13 2013 06:19:07 PM CDT
MILWAUKEE -

The election of Jorge Bergoglio as pope is a hit with some Wisconsin Catholics, who see his Argentinian roots as a hopeful sign of change.

Leonardo Campos of Milwaukee said he and his fellow Mexicans are proud to have a pope from a Spanish-speaking country. The 45-year-old said the new Pope Francis will understand the plight of the impoverished Latin Americans whose towns are overrun by drug traffickers.

At Marquette University's campus, two graduate students said they were also excited to see an Argentinian as pope.

Thirty-year-old Andrew Karls of Green Bay said the Catholic base is growing in South America so it's wise to pick a pope from there. And 24-year-old Katie Friesen of Colby, Kan., said she hopes Bergoglio is committed to restoring transparency to the Vatican.