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

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 07:56 AM PDT

"A Working Man's Pope"

"A Working Man's Pope"

Pope Francis, the first-ever Jesuit and Latin American to lead the Roman Catholic Church, was not a widely known figure on the international stage before emerging Wednesday evening on the balcony of St. Peter’s...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 02:35 PM PDT

Pope Francis Known for Simplicity, Humility

Pope Francis Known for Simplicity, Humility

In unadorned white robes, the first pope from the Americas sets a tone of simplicity and pastoral humility in a church desperate to move past the tarnished era of abuse scandals and internal Vatican upheavals.

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM PST

Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis on Wednesday — and in the process became the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit ever to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. Francis'...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 01:32 PM PDT

White Smoke, Crowds Celebrate Pope Francis

White Smoke, Crowds Celebrate Pope Francis

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was named leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday after being elected pope. He will be known as Pope Francis.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 06:16 AM PDT

Vatican Reveals Ingredients of Papal Smoke Signals

Vatican Reveals Ingredients of Papal Smoke Signals

The Vatican is revealing what the smoke signals emerging from the Sistine Chapel chimney are made of, after the stir caused by how much more distinct the black smoke in this conclave has been compared to the...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM PDT

Rodman Arrives in Rome to "Support the Cause"

Rodman Arrives in Rome to "Support the Cause"

Fresh from a trip to North Korea, the Worm landed in Rome. Dennis Rodman showed up at St. Peter's Square to campaign for Ghanaian cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson to become the first black pope. Dressed in a...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM PDT

What Name Pope Chooses for Himself Says a Lot

What Name Pope Chooses for Himself Says a Lot

The first clue about what kind of leader the next pope will be — liberal or conservative, reformer or by-the-book — will come only minutes after the smoke clears at the Sistine Chapel, according to NBC News.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM PDT

"Smoke Alerts" Bring Conclave Spectating to the Social Media Age

"Smoke Alerts" Bring Conclave Spectating to the Social Media Age

While the cardinals gathered in Rome to elect the new pope are bound by centuries-old procedures—writing and counting ballots by hand, burning them in a chimney to communicate the outcome of a vote—...

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 04:08 AM PDT

Schedule of Voting During the Papal Conclave

Schedule of Voting During the Papal Conclave

The conclave to elect a new pope begins Tuesday at the Vatican. The voting process follows a set ritual every day until the Catholic Church has a new leader.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 04:05 AM PDT

Full Text: Oath Sworn by Cardinals before Papal Vote

Full Text: Oath Sworn by Cardinals before Papal Vote

Before cardinals start voting for a new pope, they will swear an oath of secrecy in the Sistine Chapel.

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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.