— TRAVERSE CITY — Area priests praised the selection of the new pope, and said his Latin American origins and historic embrace of poverty are a blessing to the church.
Jorge Bergoglio, of Argentina, was elected pope Wednesday and chose the name Francis. He became the first pontiff from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
The Rev. Mariano Dellagiovanna, who serves two Leelanau County parishes, said he is happy to see someone from his native country, although he doesn’t know Pope Francis.
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