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L.A. archbishop to speak on Pope Francis at Spanish-language Mass

March 16, 2013 | 10:19 am

Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez will celebrate Spanish-language Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday and will address the election of Pope Francis, the first pontiff from Latin America, in his homily, officials said.

Gomez will preside over the 12:30 p.m. Mass, the first Spanish-language Mass at the cathedral since Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope on Wednesday. He chose the papal name Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi.

Pope Francis, 76, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pope from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. 

The new pope, the son of Italian immigrants, is the 266th in the church’s history. He succeeds the late John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who abruptly resigned last month.


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Photo: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez in 2010. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.