About that new Pope
There has been a lot of discussion about the bad side of happenings in the Catholic church all the way to discussions about how the now ex-pope will be protected from prosecution because what was Vatican City became the nation Holy See. These internal issues along with the fact that most Catholics are in Latin America are likely to have influenced the selection of the first Pope from Latin America as well as first from the Southern Hemisphere.
Of the articles I have seen, one in the Los Angeles Times seems to address both who Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is and what it means to Latin America Catholics.
“This is unimaginable," [Cardinal Roger] Mahony said in an interview with KCBS. “The impact this is going to have, particularly, of course, in Latin America. It’s the first time we ever had a Southern Hemisphere pope. It’s just extraordinary.”