Argentines celebrate Francis as their ‘slum pope’

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A man pushes a cart past the Virgin of Caacupe church in the Villa 21-24 slum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Residents here proudly recall how the Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio would arrive on a bus and walk through the mud to reach the young members of the slum's church. How he sponsored marathons and carpentry classes, consoled single mothers, blessed the local chapel and washed the feet of recovering drug addicts. How he became one of them. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — For more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide, he's Pope Francis. For Argentina's poorest citizens, crowded in "misery villages" throughout the capital, he's proudly known as one of their own, a true "slum pope."

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