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Pope's visit has Argentine community hoping to fight the crowds to see symbol of national pride

Sep 02, 2015

Catholic and Hispanic communities are predictably eager to welcome Pope Francis to the Big Apple later this month -- but the city's 15,000 plus Argentinos are over the moon.


While Pope Francis, who was born in Buenos Aires as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, hasn't substantially altered the dogma of the Catholic church, "he's changed the culture to one of compassion," said the Rev. Fabian Arias, an Argentine who converted from Catholicism and who is now a pastor at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in midtown.


Arias compared Francis's change-agent powers to those of Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King and praised the pontiff's commitment to interfaith dialogue, mercy and understanding, and "love."


Read the full article from AM New York here