Ay papa! Tenemos papa! Habemus papam!
El Argentino top dog is excellent news for Latin America and its 400 million Catholics, but I hope they hang on to their crazy take on the religion.
The guinea pigs on the menu in the last supper fresco in Cuzco Cathedral, Peru. The extraordinarily bad mannequin in glitzy drag queen outfit used as an effigy of the virgin mother in a tiny white adobe church in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. The covering-your-car-with-your-stuff-and-driving-it-through-the-streets processions to give thanks for something highly specific in Sucre, Bolivia. The emotional crowds following portraits of saints held aloft, all across the continent.
Latin Americans took a theme (Christianity) and they ran with it. What happened next is beautiful testimony to the tenacity, creativity and diversity of human beings.
My one hope for the Pope is that he embraces his new underlings in all their variegated glory.