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

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 09:33 AM PDT

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.

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 07:02 AM PDT

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.

Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 04:43 AM PDT

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.

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 06:52 AM PDT

Victim Advocacy Group Wants Meeting with Pope

Victim Advocacy Group Wants Meeting with Pope

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...

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 09:15 PM PDT

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...

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM PDT

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...

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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.