If you didn’t happen to be in St. Peter’s Square, the next best place to be on Wednesday was perhaps at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary near Boynton Beach. And of all the jubilant seminarians and staff watching the announcement of the new Pope Francis on the big screen in the auditorium, Matias Hualpa wore the most incandescent smile.
Like Hualpa, 39, the new pope is Argentinian. So of all the firsts connected with this pope — first Jesuit, first Francis, first from the Western Hemisphere — it was a special first for Hualpa too.
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