The Bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg on Thursday hailed the selection of Pope Francis to lead the world's Roman Catholics as "springtime" for the church.
In an interview with 7 News, Bishop Terry LaValley said he was especially pleased the Pope, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is from Argentina.
"We have such a large growing population of the Catholic Church worldwide of hispanics from the Americas," said Bishop LaValley.
He said he did not expect Pope Francis, who is widely viewed as a conservative, to change the church's stance on controversial issues like gay marriage, birth control and the ordination of women.
"Those aren't things that are negotiable. Just because they happen to be in the media these days and they tend to be controversial, those eternal truths don't change," he said.
(To see and hear from Bishop LaValley, click on the picture to watch 7 News reporter Candace Dunkley's story.)
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