Papal Transition

  • March 19, 2013  

    Pope Francis was officially made leader of the Roman Catholic Church at a Mass attended by heads of state and 100,000 pilgrims. Before the ceremony, the pope approached the crowd, kissing infants and giving blessings. James Mates of Independent Television News reports from Rome. Continue reading

  • March 19, 2013  

    As Pope Francis officially assumes his title, he will face some established challenges and scandals. But the pontiff has already signaled a shift and charmed followers by preaching for greater humility. Jeffrey Brown talks with John Allen from the National Catholic Reporter and CNN about what messages the pope may hope to send. Continue reading

  • March 18, 2013   BY Larisa Epatko  

    Pope Francis officially became the leader of the Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday in a ceremony at the Vatican, where he urged those with leadership responsibilities and all others to respect one another and protect “God’s gifts” of creation. Continue reading

  • March 14, 2013   BY Ray Suarez  

    Pope Francis in 2013, then the Argentine archbishop, during a mass for Ash Wednesday at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo by Juan Mabromata/ AFP/ Getty Images. The aging, French cardinal proto-deacon Jean-Louis Tauran stepped in front of … Continue reading

  • March 14, 2013  

    Following his historic election, Pope Francis’ first day was no-nonsense, as he collected his belongings before moving into his new life as pontiff. The 76-year-old Argentine native is the first non-European pope in 12 centuries, though he is the son of Italian immigrants. Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • March 14, 2013  

    Pope Francis is the first pontiff to hail from Argentina. He’s also a huge soccer fan. For more on the pope’s South American roots and his home country’s reaction to the papal election, as well as the intersection of religion, populism and politics there, Jeffrey Brown talks with Hugh Bronstein of Reuters from Buenos Aires. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2013   BY Larisa Epatko  

    It took cardinals only two days to elect the new leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics on Wednesday afternoon: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first pope from South America. He took the name Pope Francis. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2013   BY Larisa Epatko  

    As the first three rounds of voting Tuesday and Wednesday failed to produce a pope, the 115-member conclave will keep trying Wednesday afternoon with renewed hopes of reaching consensus. There’s no clear frontrunner, but out of the cardinals who are eligible to become the 266th pontiff, certain ones are being discussed as possibilities. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2013  

    White smoke emanating from a Vatican chimney late Wednesday night signaled a new pope had been elected. Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was selected as the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, assuming the name Pope Francis. Gwen Ifill reports on the election and the celebration in Vatican City. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2013  

    The election of Pope Francis marked two firsts for the papal office: he is both the first South American and the first Jesuit pope. For more on the historic selection and what it reflects about the current state of the Catholic Church, Gwen Ifill talks with Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter. Continue reading

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