New pope strikes a chord with many Catholics
Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I, appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. | Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images
Updated: March 19, 2013 5:36PM
The selection of a new pope was met with joy by some Catholics in northwest suburban Chicago.
“I’ve never met the man, but I love the church,” said Frank Cortese of Norridge. “I was an alter boy, spoke Latin.”
And Cortese had a really personal reason for liking the new pontiff.
“He’s Francis,” Cortese said. “That’s my name.”
Anna Tamburello, a parishioner at Our Lady, Mother of the Church, said she believes Pope Francis I will be a good leader because he is an advocate for the poor and those in need.
The church, at 8747 W. Lawrence Ave., serves many Norridge residents.
“He’s the kind of pastor I’m really looking for,” she said. “I how he stays faithful to what the church stands for — helping the poor and being against abortion and homosexuality.” ~.