Mexican Catholics hold a flag outside the Vatican. (Photo/Getty Images )

Latin America welcomes Argentinian Pope Francis I

Seventy-three percent of Latin America is Catholic.  The 432 million Catholics in Latin American account for more than 39 percent of the world’s Catholic population.  In the United States, Latinos account for nearly a third of all Catholics over 40 and an astounding nearly 50 percent of Catholics under age 40.  Here is a look at the headlines from Latin American countries after the news that an Argentinian was elected as the first Latino Pope.

Argentinian newspaper Clarin welcomed the news of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires' papacy with excitement.

Argentinian newspaper Clarin welcomed the news of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires’ papacy with excitement. (Clarin)

Headlines announcing the new pope from Dominican newspaper

Headlines announcing the new pope from Dominican newspaper (El Dia)

More than 90 percent of Ecuadorians identify themselves as Catholic, making this headline from Ecuadorian newspaper El Mercurio extremely poignant.

More than 90 percent of Ecuadorians identify themselves as Catholic, making this headline from Ecuadorian newspaper El Mercurio extremely poignant. (El Mercurio)

Headlines from Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo.

Headlines from Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo. (O Estado de S. Paulo)

Headlines from Chilean newspaper El Mercurio.

Headlines from Chilean newspaper El Mercurio. (El Mercurio)

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