Argentina’s newspapers exuberant about new pope

Newspapers around the world are covering Pope Francis's election, but few as proudly as those in Argentina, where Francis, a native son, has made history.

More than 90 percent of the country is at least "nominally" Catholic, according to the CIA world factbook, and Roman Catholicism has been enshrined in the constitution since its founding.

"His surprise consecration shocked the world and provoked strong feelings in Argentina," reads the cover of a special edition of Argentina's Clarín, the country's most widely read newspaper. "He will lead 1.2 billion Catholics. A Jesuit, 76 years old, from Buenos Aires, he arrives to the papacy after intense pastoral work."

"Special edition: everything about the first Argentinian pope, in 34 pages," a callout adds in the corner.


(Via Newseum)

Elsewhere in Argentina and Latin America, the headlines have celebrated Francis as one of their own. The cover of Buenos Aires's Muy literally says "the pope is ours."


(Via Kiosko.net)

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Even in Europe and the United States, most media outlets have latched onto Francis's Latin American-ness, despite a few of his other firsts (listed, in admittedly small print, on the front page of Thursday's Washington Post).


(Via Kiosko.net)

(Via Kiosko.net)

"The 115-cardinal conclave designates the first Latin American pontiff in history," reads the headline on Madrid's El Pais. "The election of the Argentinian Jesuit Bergoglio foretells a change of direction in the church."

The official Vatican paper was, predictably, much more sedate.

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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