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Latinos celebrate Pope Francis during pontiff's first Sunday

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - During the first Sunday of Pope Francis' papacy, teenagers within the Latino community reflected on the first pontiff from the Americas.

"I think it's really inspiring. It's a privilege to have a Latino Pope, someone who can speak our language and we can relate to," Mariana Lane said.

Lane was one of several teens who rehearsed Confirmation at St. Rita Catholic Church, a metro parish with a strong Latino congregation.

As a cardinal in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis rode the bus, and in his new job, he isn't changing habits.

"I'm sure God was looking down upon him and seeing he was truly an inspiring man and taking the bus every day, although he didn't have to," Dara Macis said.

During a special St. Patrick's Day, Pope Francis made a window appearance to a crowd of more than 100,000 in St. Peter's Square.

Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks, about God's power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech.

The crowd roared in delight across the globe and here at home

"There's a lot of Latinos here in Louisville, you could say we're kind of lucky to have such a diverse population. And we're blessed to have a Pope with our background," Lane said.

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