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

Apr 1, 2013

Pope Calls for Peace in First Easter Sunday Mass

Pope Calls for Peace in First Easter Sunday Mass

Pope Francis led his first Easter Sunday service with a traditional open-air Mass in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, according to NBC News.

Mar 27, 2013

Pope Chooses Simple Residence Over Regal Apartment

Pope Chooses Simple Residence Over Regal Apartment

In yet another display of humility since becoming Pontiff, Pope Francis has chosen to live for the time being in a simple Vatican residence rather than moving into the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace -...

Mar 25, 2013

Pope Francis Leads First Palm Sunday Service

Pope Francis Leads First Palm Sunday Service

Tens of thousands of people gathered in the Vatican to see Pope Francis host his first Palm Sunday, according to NBC News.

Mar 23, 2013

Pope Francis, Benedict Meet for Historic Lunch

Pope Francis, Benedict Meet for Historic Lunch

Pope Francis on Saturday made a trip to the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo in the Alban Hills for a meeting with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, according to The Associated Press.

Mar 18, 2013

Pope Makes Surprise Appearance, Off-the-Cuff Address

Pope Makes Surprise Appearance, Off-the-Cuff Address

Tens of thousands of people flooded St. Peter's Square on Sunday to see Pope Francis' first window address since becoming the leader of the Catholic Church, NBC News reported.

Mar 17, 2013

Pope Francis: I Want "Poor Church for the Poor"

Pope Francis: I Want "Poor Church for the Poor"

Pope Francis made his first comments to the media on Saturday since taking his new role as the leader of the Catholic Church, saying that he wanted "a poor church for the poor," NBC News reported.

Mar 13, 2013

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.

Mar 10, 2013

Speculation as Cardinals Prepare for Conclave

Speculation as Cardinals Prepare for Conclave

The vote for a new pope could come as soon as Tuesday morning, and all eyes are now on the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, which will erupt in white or black smoke to signal if a new pope has been elected.

Mar 10, 2013

Memorabilia Vendors Prepare for New Pope

Memorabilia Vendors Prepare for New Pope

Catholics around the world will celebrate the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's replacement, some with memorabilia to commemorate the occasion, NBC News reported.

Mar 10, 2013

Will the Next Pope Come From Outside Europe?

Will the Next Pope Come From Outside Europe?

It's been 35 years since the Roman Catholic Church had an Italian pope and Vatican watchers believe the conclave that starts Tuesday could be the first to select the next pontiff from outside Europe, NBC...

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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.