Pilgrims pleased with new pope

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By Arin McKenna

Pilgrims to the Santuario de Chimayo where pleased with the election of Jorge Bergoglio as leader of the Catholic Church. Here are some of their thoughts on Pope Francis.

Maria Sena: "I think he's a great pope. There are a lot of Latinos in the church, and I think with him being Latino he may understand their needs. And he doesn't go for the wealth, like the red shoes and things."

Mika Tari: "I think it's good. It's nice we have someone who's experienced with the working class and from an order that's committed to helping people. It's good to have someone in that position that really wants to focus on disadvantaged people."

Argelina Barraza: "I think he's really open-minded and he seems really kind. I hope he'll change stuff like the sexual abuse. That has got to stop."

Norma Bustillos: "I'm full of hope. I think we'll experience a lot of changes. He's Hispanic. This is the first time, so it's hard to say what will happen, but I think we'll see a lot of changes."

Salvador Salas: "I'm glad to see we finally got one who is not European. I think he'll be a great asset to us Catholics."

Louis Munoz: "I hope it's for good. It's something unexpected. We never thought this could happen. I hope it will bring good things."

Rob Hughes (with a disclaimer that he is not a practicing Catholic): "Being a Jesuit means something. I hope it represents a new direction for the church."