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

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...

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM PDT

Pope's Partial Lung Shouldn't Affect Duties

Pope's Partial Lung Shouldn't Affect Duties

The new pope has daunting challenges ahead ranging from the church sex abuse scandal to reinvigorating the flock. And the 76-year-old Francis will have to do it all with just one whole lung. The Argentine...

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 09:10 AM PDT

Pope Francis Begins First Full Day

Pope Francis Begins First Full Day

Pope Francis' first full day as the world's leader to 1.2 billion Catholics is already underway. NBC4's Robert Kovacik reports on "Today in LA." This clip is from "Today in LA" on March 14, 2013.

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

Pope Francis Shows Humility on His First Day

Pope Francis Shows Humility on His First Day

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel Thursday afternoon with an off-the-cuff homily that spoke about the need to walk with God and that at one point referenced children building beach sandcastles...

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM PDT

Vatican Defends Pope Francis Amid Allegations Into His Past

Vatican Defends Pope Francis Amid Allegations Into His Past

The Vatican was on the defensive Friday, concerning decades-old allegations against newly elected Pope Francis. Media reports in Argentina alleged that Francis ignored severe human rights abuses during...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM PDT

New Pope Brings Hope to Muslim, Jewish Faithful

New Pope Brings Hope to Muslim, Jewish Faithful

Worshippers from the world’s three largest religions say the election provides a sense of new hope not only for Catholics, but also those who practice Islam and Judaism as well.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 09:09 PM PDT

Pope Francis: Profiling the New Pontiff

Pope Francis: Profiling the New Pontiff

Newly elected Pope Francis is a pontiff of many firsts. He's the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit, and the first to take on the name Francis. The new pontiff's path to reach the top of the...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 07:55 PM PDT

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 poverty-wracked...

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 08:50 AM PDT

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,...

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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.