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

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 02:40 PM PDT

World Welcomes Pope Francis on Social Media

World Welcomes Pope Francis on Social Media

Shortly after Jorge Mario Bergoglio made his first appearance as Pope Francis I on Wednesday, the official Twitter account for the pope, @Pontifex, published a tweet saying, “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM.”

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM PDT

All Eyes Turn to Rome as New Pope Introduced

All Eyes Turn to Rome as New Pope Introduced

Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is now Pope Francis - the first non-European pope in more than a thousand years, and the first from Latin America. Robert Kovacik reports from Rome for the NBC4 News at...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM PDT

Joy Permeates LA Catholic Community Over Pope Election

Joy Permeates LA Catholic Community Over Pope Election

Catholics in Southern California were thrilled to watch history come to life when a new pope was chosen. And they all experienced the same emotion: joy. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 07:56 AM PDT

"A Working Man's Pope"

"A Working Man's Pope"

Pope Francis, the first-ever Jesuit and Latin American to lead the Roman Catholic Church, was not a widely known figure on the international stage before emerging Wednesday evening on the balcony of St.

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 07:25 AM PDT

White Smoke, Crowds Celebrate Pope Francis

White Smoke, Crowds Celebrate Pope Francis

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was named leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday after being elected pope. He will be known as Pope Francis.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 09:14 PM PDT

LA Faithful Celebrate Pope With "Different Perspective"

LA Faithful Celebrate Pope With "Different Perspective"

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrated Mass with the faithful Wednsday as the world's Catholics greeted a new pope.

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM PST

Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis on Wednesday — and in the process became the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit ever to lead the world's 1.2 billion

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 07:35 AM PDT

When in Rome, SoCal Grad Plans to Witness History

When in Rome, SoCal Grad Plans to Witness History

Santa Margarita High School and Loyola Marymount graduate Craig Smith is in Rome to witness "an important moment in the history" of the church. Robert Kovacik reports for Today in LA on Wednesday March 13, 2013...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 09:04 AM PDT

Insider's Take on Day 2 of the Closed-Door Conclave

Insider's Take on Day 2 of the Closed-Door Conclave

NBC4's Robert Kovacik Speaks With Robert Moynihan, "Inside The Vatican Magazine" Publisher about what's going on behind the closed conclave doors. This clip is from "Today in LA" on March 13, 2013.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 08:09 PM PDT

Catholics Worry Church Leadership Out of Sync With Its Body

Catholics Worry Church Leadership Out of Sync With Its Body

Catholics in Southern California say times are changing, and it's time for the church to do so as well. Some admit they would like to see a younger, more liberal pope selected. Others add that they would like to

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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.