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March 13, 2013


New Pope is Elected

"With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday -- choosing the cardinal from Argentina, the first South American to ever lead the church," the New York Times reports.

"The new pope, 76, Jorge Mario Bergoglio will be called Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. He is also the first non-European leader of the church in more than 1,000 years."

The Week notes Pope Francis firmly opposes abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception.












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