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Magalí Del Bueno was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and lives in Southern California. She holds an M.A. in Theology, and a B.A. in Spanish and Theology from Loyola Marymount University (LMU). She teaches religion and social studies in sixth through eighth grades at a Catholic school.
March 27th, 2013

As a native Argentinean Catholic, it is difficult to describe my euphoria upon learning that our new pope is from Argentina. As a Jesuit-educated Catholic, I was doubly excited! On the day of the announcement, the junior high students in my classroom eagerly awaited the new pope’s arrival on the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square. I smiled at their enthusiasm and glanced hopefully at the poll asking students who our new pope would be, taken less than an hour earlier when white smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel. The majority of my students had voted for Europe or Africa. The lone vote under South America was my own, reflecting my silent prayer for a pope from Latin America, where the majority of the world’s…

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