Carmel family from Argentina bursting with pride about new pope

Daughter, 10, happy to see 'familiar' face

CARMEL, Ind. - The white smoke that signified the selection of a cardinal from Argentina as the next pope was warmly received just about everywhere, especially at one Carmel home.

A family from Buenos Aires has made Carmel their new home, and they're celebrating shared roots and hopes for the future.
"We're very happy and excited about it," said Laura Fernandez, an endocrinologist who works for Eli Lilly.

Fernandez, her husband and their three children came to Indiana in October.

Fernandez said she sees hope in the new pope. The 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church has a keen sensitivity to the problems of the people.

"I think a lot of Latin American countries have a lot of problems -- poverty, hunger, disease, not good education. A lot of things that someone who has lived there could have more ideas to help people," she said.

Fernandez's 10-year-old daughter, Gulieta, feels pope pride, too, as she comes to grips with her new home.

"I didn't want to come here, because I didn't want to leave. But right now I like both places," she said. "I'm happy I'm seeing someone from the same place."

Fernandez said the world is changing and the Catholic world should too. She is hoping Pope Francis can make that happen.

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