By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
March 14, 2013
NEW YORK–While they embrace the election of Pope Francis, some Filipinos in New York said that they have lobbied the heavens for a Filipino to lead the Catholic church.
“It would have been nice if a Filipino was chosen,” said Akatito de Vera of New York, referring to Manila Archbishop Luis Tagle, one of the contenders for the slot vacated by resigned pontiff Pope Benedict XVI.
“I am disappointed. I have a feeling he will be our first Filipino Pope,” added de Vera.
But for some of Filipino parishioners of the San Lorenzo Ruiz church, the new pope from Argentina will bring renewed hope and change
for the church.
“I feel there will be a big change, first of all he is a Jesuit and I’m very partial to Ignatian spirituality,” said Angie Cruz, community leader.
It was a double celebration at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Church Wednesday night, which welcomed a new image of the Black Nazarene,
and offered prayers for the new pontiff.
“Our religion and our devotion to images should not lead us to superstition,” said parish priest Joseph Marabe.
Cruz added that she welcomes change for the church, but knows that adapting reforms may not come easy for the centuries old church rocked by a slew of sex abuse scandals.
“There is justice in the Church, even from time immemorial, but there’s also compassion,” added Cruz.
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