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

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 09:55 PM CDT

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...

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM CDT

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,...

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 09:56 AM CDT

"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 10:53 PM CDT

With Papal Election, Young Children Witness History

With Papal Election, Young Children Witness History

Young students at St. Stanislaus Kostka may not have understood the seriousness of what they were witnessing, but they knew it was important. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 04:56 PM CDT
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Obama: Warm Wishes to Pope Francis I

Obama: Warm Wishes to Pope Francis I

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Begoglio was elected Wednesday as the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He's taken on the name Pope Francis I.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 08:27 PM CDT

Nationalism Expressed in Election of Argentine Pope

Nationalism Expressed in Election of Argentine Pope

Ramon Giminez, the owner of Buenos Aires Liquor and Deli on Chicago's northwest side, likened the election of Pope Francis I to his country's World Cup soccer wins in 1978 and 1986. Natalie Martinez reports.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 08:27 PM CDT

Women Call for Louder Voice in Catholic Church

Women Call for Louder Voice in Catholic Church

Progressive Catholics protest exclusion of women with a "pink smoke" event outside Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 08:27 PM CDT

St. Scholastica Academy Seniors React to New Pope

St. Scholastica Academy Seniors React to New Pope

Focus more on social justice. Encourage more young people. Broaden the role of women. Those were just some of the thoughts of eight seniors at St. Scholastica Academy on Wednesday. Carol Marin reports.

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 09:25 AM CDT

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 08:16 AM CDT

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...

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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.