Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio, or Pope Francis I, will be the first Latin American to fill the role.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected by the College of Cardinals to become the first non-European elected as the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
CNN struggles to determine smoke color in Vatican City
Rough Cut (no reporter narration) Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church, and said he would take the name Francis I. Pope Francis, age 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica Wednesday, just over ...
When this chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel emits white smoke it will signal that a new pope has been chosen. And that's what these pilgrims are waiting to see. The 115 Catholic Cardinals tasked with voting in a new pontiff failed to elect a new Pope after a vote ...
As the Conclave of Cardinals picked Pope Francis as the new pope, take a look at the past 10 pontiffs who lead the Catholic church.
Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was introduced to the public after being elected Pope Francis.
Work was underway in the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday to prepare the Michelangelo-frescoed room for the conclave, although there is still no indication as to when it would begin. The Sistine Chapel was closed to the public on Tuesday, disappointing many tourists who had come to Rome to see it.
Nearly 150 Cardinals arrived at the Vatican on Wednesday (March 6) for the third day of preliminary meetings, known as "general congregations", to sketch a profile for the next pope following the shock abdication of Pope Benedict last month. Under Church law they have until March 20 to start a ...