"It will bring fresh air to the Church ... I think the Church needs that at this time, somebody from a different zone."
— the Rev. Keneth Obiekwe (oh-bee-AYK-way), pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in central Louisiana, a state whose Catholic origins are reflected in its division into parishes rather than counties. He says that although he had thought the next pope might be from Latin America, he was still surprised when he turned out to be right.
— Janet McConnaughey
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