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Native of Argentina joyous about 'big surprise'

Silvina Baez an immigrant from Argentina works in Hispanic ministry at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in St. Charles.  She shared a traditional Argentinian infused drink called maté. The maté is made by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water and is served through a metal straw in a hollowed out calabash gourd.  Her children Sibil and Manny enjoy it when its mixed with a small amount of sugar.

Silvina Baez was teaching Spanish to preschool students when her cell phone began to vibrate -- at least six times.

She thought it might be her sister telling her that a pope was elected at the conclave of cardinals at the Vatican. Baez was confused though when she saw that the calls were from different people.

During a break she checked her phone and learned that the calls concerned the excitement surrounding the fact that the new pope is from Latin America. Even better, when Baez read a text from her sister, she saw that the pope is from Argentina -- Baez' home country.

Pope begins ministry with biblical symbols, signs of universal ministry

VATICAN CITY -- Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministfry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission.

Editorial | Starting a new journey with Pope Francis

The stories coming out of Rome about our new Holy Father are inspiring.

After his first public appearance as Pope Francis, he opted to take the bus with the cardinals back to residence where they had been staying before the start of the conclave. On the way out, he stopped to greet the people who work there and to pay his bill. He's been sporting the simple pectoral cross that he had as a bishop in Argentina.

In his first appearance, he showed great reverence when he bowed and asked for the people's blessing -- before he gave his own.

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