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From "the end of the earth," the Catholic Church found a surprising new leader Wednesday, a pioneer pope from Argentina who took the name Francis, a pastor rather than a manager to resurrect a church and faith in crisis. He is the first pontiff from the New World and the first non-European since the Middle Ages.
Pope Francis is a pontiff of firsts. He is the first Francis and the first Jesuit pope. But he is also the first pope from the Americas and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, says the symbolism of that global choice makes his selection historic.