Houston-area parishioners celebrate Pope Francis I

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by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 10:52 AM

HOUSTON -- Catholics around the world are rejoicing as a new pope from Latin America has been chosen as the new leader of the Church.

Parishes across the Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston are excited about the election of Pope Francis I. Many who spoke with KHOU 11 News said they couldn’t wait to get off work and go to church and pray.

"I ran from work,” said Alina Perez. “And I'm like, ‘I have to go to the church.’ I ran from a couple of blocks down and said, 'I have to come to the church and thank God that we have this pope, that we are not alone."’

For the first time, a Latin American has been named pope and it's resonating with our Catholic community. And hearing that Pope Francis I once lived a simple life is connecting with people too.

"They say he's a man of the people, raised poor, rode buses,” said Larry Rambo. “So they made a wise choice. They know what they're doing.”

Now that Pope Francis from Argentina will lead the Catholic Church, everyone in Texas’ largest archdiocese is watching.

“No matter what his past was, we don't know what he will do tomorrow,” said Father Douglas Guthrie of St. Michaels. “I think he will hear the Lord call. We'll see how he answers.”

If you're wondering just how much excitement there is in the Catholic community in southeast Texas, the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is the 12 largest in the entire country.

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