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

Mar 19, 2013

Pope Francis Installation Mass Homily Text

Pope Francis Installation Mass Homily Text

Here is the draft text of Pope Francis' homily delivered at his installation Mass on March 19, 2013. A final, official text could be released later.

Apr 23, 2013

Pope Francis Opens Ministry: "Let Us Be Protectors"

Pope Francis Opens Ministry: "Let Us Be Protectors"

Pope Francis officially began his ministry as the world's 266th pope during an installation Mass at St. Peter's Square, calling for humanity to show "protection" for God's creation and the poorest of the world.

Mar 16, 2013

Victim Advocacy Group Wants Meeting with Pope

Victim Advocacy Group Wants Meeting with Pope

according to NBC Chicago. The group's midwest director Peter Isely is calling for a new rule...">The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in Chicago wants a meeting with the newly-elected pontiff, according to NBC Chicago. The group's midwest director Peter Isely is calling for a new rule...

Mar 15, 2013

Bay Area Catholics Have Gender, Sexuality Concerns of Pope

Bay Area Catholics Have Gender, Sexuality Concerns of Pope

For the first time, the Wednesday evening Rosary at St. Francis of Assisi national shrine in San Francisco's North Beach district, was said with a namesake as pope.

Mar 15, 2013

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...

Mar 14, 2013

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.

Mar 14, 2013

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...

Mar 14, 2013

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...

Apr 23, 2013

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...

Mar 13, 2013

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...

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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.