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Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected New Leader of World's 1.2 Billion Catholics

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 09:15 PM PDT

Vatican Decries "Defamatory" Campaign Against Pope

Vatican Decries "Defamatory" Campaign Against Pope

The Vatican blasted the "defamatory" and "anti-clerical left-wing" campaign to discredit Pope Francis, formerly the archbishop of Buenos Aires, who has been accused of failing to stand up to Argentina's military...

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 01:31 PM PDT

Women, Sexuality and Latin Background of Pope

Women, Sexuality and Latin Background of Pope

Catholics talk about the pope as he relates to gender, sexuality and his Latin background.

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 07:32 AM PDT

South Bay Catholics Happy For Latin Pope

South Bay Catholics Happy For Latin Pope

Several South Bay Catholics were happy the new pope is from Argentina - the first Latin American pontiff. George Kiriyama reports.

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 07:36 AM PDT

Catholics Have Gender, Sexuality Concerns of Pope

Catholics Have Gender, Sexuality Concerns of Pope

Parishioners at St. Francis Assisi church in San Francisco had some questions and concerns regarding the conservative values of the new pope, specifically on gender roles and homosexuality. Terry McSweeney...

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM PDT

Papal Election Stirs Argentina's "Dirty War" Past

Papal Election Stirs Argentina's "Dirty War" Past

Pope Francis is known for his humility, his reluctance to talk about himself. The self-effacement, admirers say, is why he has hardly ever denied one of the harshest allegations against him: That he was among...

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM PDT

Pope's Partial Lung Shouldn't Affect Duties

Pope's Partial Lung Shouldn't Affect Duties

The new pope has daunting challenges ahead ranging from the church sex abuse scandal to reinvigorating the flock. And the 76-year-old Francis will have to do it all with just one whole lung. The Argentine...

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 09:33 AM PDT

Pope Francis Shows Humility on His First Day

Pope Francis Shows Humility on His First Day

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel Thursday afternoon with an off-the-cuff homily that spoke about the need to walk with God and that at one point referenced children building beach sandcastles...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 07:55 PM PDT

Catholics Throughout the Americas Celebrate New Pope

Catholics Throughout the Americas Celebrate New Pope

Tears and cheers erupted across the Americas on Wednesday as an Argentine cardinal became the first pope from the hemisphere, and many expressed hope that he help bring the church closer to the poverty-wracked...

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 01:29 PM PDT

Bay Area Catholics Welcome Pope Francis

Bay Area Catholics Welcome Pope Francis

Not long after the bells of the Vatican started ringing in Italy, the bells of St. Mary's Cathedral joined in as San Francisco joined the rest of the world in welcoming in a new pope.

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 08:50 AM PDT

Pope Francis: What's Behind the Name

Pope Francis: What's Behind the Name

Pope Francis chose his name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, Italy’s patron saint who emulated the life of Christ like perhaps no other figure in the church's history. New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan,...

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been announced as the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. He has taken the name Pope Francis and succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, who formally ended his papacy on Feb. 28. Refresh this page often for complete coverage.