I was watching EWTN during the new Pope’s papal blessing. The statistic is 92% of Argentinians are nominal Catholics. However, this new pope may have been chosen for just that reason. Spanish people are incredibly traditional in all things. Perhaps having a pope from their culture might wake up some of those nominal Catholics.
He was the second choice during Pope Benedict’s election. All practicing Catholics should be very happy today. In my lifetime, we have had John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and now Pope Francis (if another pope chooses his name, he will be referred to as Pope Francis I.)
Pope Francis, as Cardinal, was outspoken against abortion as well as artificial birth-control, euthanasia, and other life issues.