Photo: Papa Francisco Avenida - La Plata, Argentina
An avenue in the Argentine city of La Plata was christened Tuesday with the name of “Papa Francisco,” or Pope Francis, in honor of the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church.
“Residents of La Plata have been moved by the historic selection of the new pope, and we’re proud to pay tribute to him in this way,” Mayor Pablo Bruera said in a ceremony he led together with Bishop Hector Aguer.
“This is an expression of the faithfulness and affection expressed spontaneously by the people of the city” for Pope Francis, the bishop said.
Various proposals have been introduced into the Buenos Aires municipal legislature to apply the name of Pope Francis to two streets in the Flores neighborhood where Bergoglio was born, and to the public school where he studied.