Miami archbishop talks Pope Francis

Published On: Mar 13 2013 06:00:17 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 14 2013 07:48:55 AM EDT

Thomas Wenski, the archbishop of Miami, talks about newly elected Pope Francis.

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -

Thomas Wenski, the archbishop of Miami, talked about newly elected Pope Francis.

Jorge Bergogolio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected pope on Wednesday. He's the first non-European pontiff of the modern era.

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"I think he comes as a pope that is well acquainted with the pastoral challenges that we bishops face throughout the world," said Wenski. "Latin America, as Pope Benedict described it, is the continent of hope, and it is the continent in which we have the largest growing number of Catholics in the world."

Wenski said he's never met the 76-year-old pope.

"It's not your chronological age. It's how young you feel at heart that makes it possible to connect with young Catholics, and besides, 76 now is the new 56, isn't it?" added Wenski.

Argentinean priests in the diocese of Miami were equally excited.

"He's a good man, very humble man," said Deacon Edgardo Farias. "He likes to go with the people. He walks with the people."

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