Buffalo's Hispanic Community Reacts to New Pope

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) The appointment of a Roman Catholic Cardinal from Argentina is bringing cheers from Buffalo's Hispanic community.

All afternoon, customers at the Niagara Cafe, a popular hispanic restaurant, were glued to television news coverage from the Vatican.

When Pope Francis was introduced to the public, many in the community were taken by surprise since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was not considered one of the front-runners.

"They will probably hear more spanish from a Pope than they have in a lifetime," said Monsignor David Gallivan, pastor at Holy Cross Church on Niagara Street.

Several people said they hope the appointment of Pope Francis will lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic culture and lead to greater acceptance of Latinos living in the United States.