Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo/Getty Images)

Argentinian Pope Francis: Latinos on social media react

Just moments after white smoke appeared in Vatican City to signal that the conclave had chosen a new pope, the world took to Twitter and Facebook to express speculation over who would be named the next leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. And when the very first Latino pope was named — Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Argentina — excitement, surprise and even some skepticism amid the Hispanic community immediately went viral.

“God bless Pope Frances 1 . He will be needing all the blessings in the world, with so many negative feelings,” wrote Christina Ramirez on NBC Latino’s Facebook page. “It is an honor to have a Latin Pope……2 thumbs up.”

“The world seems to be getting closer by choosing leaders of ‘the new world,'” commented Juan Fabian on Facebook. “Catholicism needs leadership during these years and it feels good a new pope comes from Latin America. We have our challenges on this part of the world and it’s a new angle of mindset.”

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