Ambassador welcomes new pope
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Argentinian Ambassador to Australia Pedro Villagra Delgado has welcomed the appointment of the Pope Francis but says it is a decision that has ramifications for far more than his country.
"I think it has been a good selection process," he said.
"It's time for someone from the developing world to be Pope."
Mr Villagra paid tribute to the work of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
"We are obviously very happy but this goes beyond Argentina," he said.
"He is a Pope for all the world."
Mr Villagra said the importance of a pope from the developing world hopefully meant he would concentrate on social justice issues and helping the poor and promoting peace.
"As a bishop, he did a great lot of work in this area and even choosing the name Pope Francis suggests he will continue with this great work," he said.
He said it was also significant that the pope hailed from Latin America, home to half of the world's Catholics.