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Mar 13, 2013 9:23 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Local superior court judge rejoices as nephew to Cardinal in conclave

It's an exciting day for Catholics all around the world, but especially for one local Superior Court judge. Judge James Rigali, who works out of Santa Maria, has a special connection to the conclave. James is the nephew of Cardinal Justin Francis Rigali, one of the 115 cardinals who got to vote in this Wednesday's historic election at the Vatican.

"Well it's exciting to have a new Pope, and it was very exciting to have my uncle voting for the pope," said James.

On most days you might know James as a Santa Barbra County Superior Court judge, but on Wednesday, James took time out of his day to rejoice as a Catholic and a proud nephew.

James said about his uncle, "He's a very good cardinal, and you know, there's a saying in the Vatican, that those who don't know, talk, and those who know, don't talk. So he hasn't told me anything that he hasn't told you."

Cardinal Rigali, from Philadelphia, was not green to the voting process. He was also a part of the conclave back in 2005 when Pope Benedict XVI was elected.

"He's very calm, he's very studious, very serious, you know he takes everything very seriously," said James.

James said he knows his uncle's vote probably came with a lot of prayer. He said the entire Rigali family looks forward to what Pope Francis has for the future.

"I think somebody said this is Latin America's moment, and I think it is," said James.

Newly elected Pope Francis hails from Argentina.

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