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  • Wuerl: New pope highlights church’s global reach

    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.

  • Argentina’s Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

    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.