Much has been said about Pope Francis being the first papal selection from the New World or the first to be selected from the ranks of the Jesuits, but most amazing to me is that he is the first to select the name of Francis.
Benedict XVI's decision to be the first pontiff to step down in 600 years raised a host of questions about his role in the
He will guide the Church with the attention of someone looking at the world from another point of view -- in his case, from
It is another radical choice, another return to the church's roots, yet one that the cardinals hope ends better than the
Catholic faithful react to the announcement of the new pope, Francis I, in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City:
After the Mass, the new pope customarily is driven around St. Peter's Square to greet groups of priests and laypeople from
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected as the new pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Francis
CORRECTION: An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated that the pope is the 266th successor of St. Peter. He is
If there's no election by Friday, cardinals will pause on Saturday for a day of reflection and prayer. The voting would continue