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  • Thousands gather at St Peter's Square to hear Pope's first Angelus March 18, 2013

    Thousands of Catholics waving flags from around the world packed St Peter's Square on Sunday to hear Pope Francis deliver his inaugural Angelus. ...
  • New Pope urges Church to return to its Gospel roots March 15, 2013

    Vatican City: In his first public Mass, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church on Thursday to stick to its Gospel roots and shun modern temptations, warning that it would become just another charitable group if it forgot its true mission. In a heartfelt, simple homily, the Argentinian Pope laid out a...
  • Pope Francis delivers first blessing, asks world for prayers March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, delivered his first blessing to a huge crowd in St Peter's Square on Wednesday night, asking for the prayers of "all men and women of good will" to help him lead the Catholic Church. Francis, speaking Italian with a slight...
  • Cardinals elect Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, and said he would take the name Francis I. Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica just over an hour...
  • Cardinals elect new Pope after fifth ballot March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new Pope. The new pontiff has chosen to be called Pope Francis. The decision by 115 cardinal electors came sooner than many faithful expected because of the large number of possible frontrunners identified before the vote to replace Pope Benedict,...
  • Cardinals begin papal conclave in earnest on Wednesday March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: After a first inconclusive vote, Cardinals began the process of choosing a new pope in earnest on Wednesday, praying for inspiration at the start of the first full day in a conclave to choose a leader to face a major crisis in the Catholic Church. The 115 cardinal electors...
  • Conclave to elect next pope opens amid uncertainty March 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades: There's no front-runner, no indication how long voting will last and no sense that a single man has what it takes to fix...