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Meet LA's Newest Archbishop

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    Kim Baldonado sits down with LA's newest Archbishop to talk about his background and future plans for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. (Published Thursday, June 23, 2011)

    Archbishop Jose Gomez is the head of the largest and most diverse catholic archdiocese in the United States.

    "Most of the parishes are bilingual, trilingual, because we have mass in Spanish, English, Vietnamese and Korean,” Said Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles.

    “It's beautiful to see how we work together even if we have different cultures," he said.

    His Archdiocese holds mass in forty-two different languages, embracing every culture they can.
    Gomez says he embraces diversity and spreads this message through all of his parishes.

    Gomez came from San Antonio just over a year ago, not quite long enough he says to master the freeways.

    “At least now I know where I am, I don’t know how to get there, or get back home, but at least I know where I am.

    Gomez who is 58 years-old was born in Mexico, to a mother from Texas and a father from Mexico.
    Gomez is the first Latino to head the country's largest Archdiocese and says he knows he has a huge responsibility.

    It has been speculated that the future of the Catholic Church in this country depends on Latino's, and his appointment may be the Vatican's way of acknowledging this turn.

    The Los Angeles Archdiocese consists of 70% Latino's, and makes up a third of the US Catholic population.

    "The Latino culture is a beautiful culture, rooted in community and faith and family,” Said Gomez. “So I think it's a beautiful culture that brings something to the whole society."

    The Archbishop even has a funny side.

    Embracing all cultures and now technology, Archbishop Gomez is communicating with those who are faithful in a whole new way.

    "I think I've had two conversions since I came, one was the Lakers, I'm now a Lakers fan, and the other is social media, I just got my Facebook page,’ said Gomez.