Nightly News   |  March 13, 2013

‘Tears in the streets’ in Latin America

After waiting 20 centuries for a Latin American pope, many of faithful there now believe they’ll have a larger voice in the church, and that Pope Francis will pay special attention to the poor. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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>> this first ever leaatin american pope is a nod to hispanics who make up 40% of all catholics around the globe. there was, as we said, happiness throughout the region following the announcement today. nbc's miguel almaguer is in rio for us tonight.

>> reporter: brian, good evening. we have been here in regiio de janeiro for the last several days where there was anticipation. tonight there is joy, excitement, pride and in some places in latin america , tears in the streets. catholocism is a way of life . four of every ten catholics lives right here in this region from mexico city here to rio to buenos aires . many of the faithful believe they will have a larger voice in the church. catholics believe the pope will pay special attention to the poor. the pope has been called by some the pope of the people because of his simple way of life . in latin america they have waited 20 centuries for a pope to come from this region. tonight they are certainly celebrating in the streets saying this was well worth the wait. brian?

>> miguel almaguer in rio for