Locals react to papal choice
Catholics from St. Peter’s Square to the Woodstock Square celebrated as a cardinal took to a Vatican balcony Wednesday to say those two Latin words: “Habemus papam,” or “We have a pope.”
According to research from the Association of Religion Data Archives, more than 60 percent of McHenry County residents who identify themselves as adhering to a particular faith say they are Roman Catholics.
Cardinals from around the world selected Buenos Aires-born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on the second day of the papal conclave. Seventy-six-year-old Bergoglio, who will be called Francis I, marks a new beginning for a church steeped in tradition but rattled by scandal.
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