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Pope Francis delivered his first Angelus prayer in front of 200,000 Catholics Sunday at the Vatican. In south Nashville’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, the gathering was much smaller, but the day was no less historic for the congregation of more than 1,000.
"It's a very happy occasion,” priest Fernando Lopez said.
For the first time in its history, the Catholic Church has a Latin American leader in Pope Francis who was born in Argentina
"It fills us with hope to know that the pope is Latin American, like us,” Lopez said.
Sunday morning Francis also took to social media, tweeting to 1.9 million followers.
"Dear friends,” the pontiff tweeted. “I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me."
While he's not the first pope to use social media, Catholics all over the world say now more than ever, they feel connected to the church.
“Twitter is really great and I like the fact that he's doing that,” said Edith Lopez, 18.
In a world where athletes, celebrities and politicians offer open communication through twitter, teens like Lopez are glad to see the pope doing the same.
"I think it's a good way to like get out to the public using twitter, especially for teens that's what we do now,” said Daisy Perez, 17.
Lopez and Perez say they're proud see the church evolving both through a Latin American pope and by reaching out to teens across the globe.
“I think that breaking tradition is also a good thing,” Perez said.
In addition to being the first Latin American pope, Francis is the first Jesuit leader of the Catholic Church.
Monday, March 18 2013, 04:43 AM CDT
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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