Pope Francis greets the faithful on March 31, 2013 in Vatican City.
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April 5, 2013 Pope Francis ordered his staff to promote measures that protect minors above all. A leading victim advocacy group dismissed the pope's call, saying, "actions speak louder than words."
Greeting the faithful: Pope Francis as he arrived in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square on Tuesday for his inaugural mass.
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March 19, 2013 The new pope pledged to "embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important."
March 15, 2013 Many listeners complain that for the last month NPR has been "all Catholic radio, all the time." Our review finds that the story count has indeed been overwhelming. But in a comparison among religions and denominations, Catholicism is unique in size, institutional organization and global influence. Now that we have Pope Francis, however, a news break might be nice.
Pope Francis as he visits the papal residence at the Vatican on Thursday.
March 15, 2013 The new pope says Benedict's prayers fuel the church and calls on the prelates to find new ways to evangelize "to the ends of the Earth."
A man in San Salvador sells a newspaper with the announcement of the election of Argentina's cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope Francis.
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March 14, 2013 The job is hard, she told an Argentine news station, and the world is also tough. She asked the world to pray for her brother.
The San Lorenzo football club is very excited to have "Papa Crow" on its side.
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March 14, 2013 The new pope is a big fan of the Argentine team San Lorenzo, from his home town of Buenos Aires. Known as "Los Cuervos" ("The Crows"), the team has enthusiastically adopted Francis as its "papa."
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Jesuit Mission in Santa Catalina in Cordoba in Argentina.
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March 14, 2013 The Jesuits are the single-largest Catholic order, known for their dedication to education and devotion to the poor. But in the past, they have also proved controversial.
Pope Francis on Thursday as he left Rome's Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica
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March 14, 2013 The first pope from the New World must now confront some old problems. He's begun his first full day as head of the church by slipping out of the Vatican to visit an ancient basilica. There, he quietly prayed with priests.
The newly elected Pope Francis appears on the main balcony of St Peter's Basilica. His name was chosen after St. Francis of Assisi, the Vatican says.
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March 13, 2013 After his election as pope Wednesday, Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose a name that, for many Catholics, sent an immediate signal of his goal to unite the Roman Catholic Church: Pope Francis. The name also prompted some confusion — over whether it should include "I."
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