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  • March 13, 2013    

    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    

    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  

    Women in combat zones are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by the enemy. Of nearly 4,000 reports of sexual assault in the military last year, only 191 defendants were convicted. Judy Woodruff reports on testimony from male and female sexual assault victims about attacks they suffered while in the military. 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

  • March 13, 2013  

    Pope Francis is known as a humble man, invested in issues of poverty, who is socially progressive and doctrinally conservative. Ray Suarez talks to Chester Gillis of Georgetown University and Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK, a social justice organization, about how the new pontiff will help shape the Catholic Church. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2013    

    Pope Benedict XVI at his last meeting with cardinals at the Vatican on Feb. 28. Photo via Osservatore Romano/Reuters. By Robert McMahon, editor for the Council on Foreign Relations Introduction The February 2013 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI set in … Continue reading

  • March 12, 2013  

    In other news Tuesday, 115 Roman Catholic Cardinals convened a conclave to begin the papal election process. Their first first vote was inconclusive, but they will resume voting Wednesday. Also, a Colorado judge entered a not guilty plea for James Holmes, the man accused of last July’s mass shooting in a movie theater. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2013  

    Jeffrey Brown talks with the Daily Download’s Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn about the disconnect between President Obama’s Twitter support and public opinion poll data. They also look at the president’s efforts to push his administration’s policies on immigration and gun control on social media. Continue reading

  • March 11, 2013    

    PBS NewsHour spoke with Ricky Rash about his struggle to gain access to his son’s online accounts after the 15-year-old’s death in 2011. Eric Rash had a bright future, so when he committed suicide at 15 years old, his family … Continue reading