CHURCH BELLS RING IN CUBA

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Posted: Mar 13, 2013 3:56 PM

Cubans expressed surprise and pride of the naming of a Latin American pontiff.

"It's a surprise, even though they were saying it wouldn't be a European," said Marta Delgado, a 61-year-old churchgoer. "It's a great challenge to be the first Latin American pope. I think it will be a complete change."

Diego Carrasco said Pope Francis' biggest challenge will be cleaning up the church sex abuse scandal.

"The Catholic religion needs reform just like Cuba," Carrasco said.

—Anne-Marie Garcia

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