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Susana Martinez Says New Pope Will Reinvigorate Catholics ^ | March 19, 2013 | Bryan Llenas, Victor Garcia

Posted on 03/19/2013 11:11:31 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez sounded hopeful that the new pope would be just the thing to reinvigorate Catholics around the world and fix any problems that are lingering from recent scandals.

“I think this is a pope that can unify because he knows… he lived a simple life,” Martinez said in an exclusive interview with Fox News Latino shortly before Pope Francis’ inauguration. “He is a part of the ordinary people, yet his Excellency as the pope.”

The Republican governor is in Rome with a U.S. delegation led by Vice President Joseph Biden to greet Pope Francis and attend his inauguration and first mass as pope.

“I sit back and I think ‘Who am I to have been chosen?’” said Martinez. “I think there are so many governors and so many leaders in the country. Why me?”

Martinez wasn’t the only prominent Hispanic to make the trip to the Vatican. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman and Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (R-TX) also attended.

"The pride and the joy that many of us who are Hispanic feel is due to the fact that for the first time we have a Pope who was chosen from a Latin American country,” Hinojosa said in a statement. “To many of us Latinos, our new Pope is a sign that the Catholic Church has come to recognize the growing number of faithful followers from around the world who are Latino."

Martinez said she doesn’t believe the new pope will garner Latino support just because he himself is a Latino from Argentina.

“We are independent thinkers,” said Martinez. “Yes, we are excited as a people but we are also awaiting his leadership and what path he takes.”

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1 posted on 03/19/2013 11:11:31 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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He’s an Argentine of direct/immediate Italian decent....Latino?????? Well his antecedents spoke Latin.......So I guess he’s an original...........

2 posted on 03/20/2013 1:44:07 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare berry bear formerly known as Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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