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  • Pope's boyhood home declared historic site

    The city council of Buenos Aires voted on Thursday to designate as a "Historic Site" the home where Jorge Mario Bergoglio – now Pope Francis – lived during his childhood and adolescence.

  • Rabbi relates roots of Pope’s Holy Land visit in their friendship

    Abraham Skorka, an Argentine rabbi who has long been a friend of Pope Francis, has told a Jesuit magazine of the background of their upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which will occur May 24-26.

  • Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, left, and Pope Francis exchange gifts on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Komorowski is in Rome to attend Sunday's canonization ceremony for John Paul II and John XXIII where Pope Francis will elevate the two popes to sainthood.(AP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto, Pool)

    Pope Francis deeply influenced by both saintly pontiffs

    When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio almost became pope in 2005, he told a confidant that — had he been elected — he would have named himself after the pope he so admired: John XXIII.

  • Pope Francis has had a dramatic first year

    One year on, the selection of the new pope seems trivial compared to what he has accomplished in rhetorical tone and personal example. Pope Francis promises to be a different kind of pope, one that may herald a resurgence for the Catholic Church.

  • Pope Francis

    KELLNER: The year in religion offered hope, peril

    No doubt about it — the man born Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the religious figure of 2013. Time magazine confirmed this by naming the Argentine cardinal now known as Pope Francis as Person of the Year, and a survey of Religion Newswriters Association members this month designated his election as the top religion story of the year.

  • Pope Francis arrives to welcome Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou N'Guesso on the occasion of their private audience in the pope's library at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Gentile, pool)

    Pope Francis named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

    Pope Francis was formally named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" on Wednesday.

  • Pope Francis leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    KELLNER: Getting a read on the new pope

    As with the 1978 election of Pope John Paul II, the March selection of an Argentine Jesuit, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, as Pope Francis stunned many within and outside the Roman Catholic Church: The new pontiff wasn't widely known outside of South America, and his views on many issues were a bit mysterious.

  • The Washington Times

    TAUBE: Pope Francis, the fence-mender and bridge-builder

    Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected by the Vatican's papal conclave last week after five rounds of voting. He took the name Pope Francis -- after St. Francis of Assisi, the revered Italian friar who founded the Franciscan Order -- and became the first Jesuit and first leader from the Americas of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: New pope honors namesake

    Along with being the first Latin American pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis), appears to have a genuine concern for the poor, having chosen the name of a saint who gave away his considerable wealth to live with and serve the poor of Assisi, Italy ("Pope Francis is first Catholic pontiff from the Americas; he is known as a humble intellectual," Web, Wednesday).

  • Argentine publisher reissues book on Pope Francis

    The naming of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis has inspired the enthusiasm not only of many Roman Catholics, but also of a publisher planning to re-launch a book about him by his official biographer, Sergio Rubin.

  • Argentine publisher reissues book on Pope Francis

    The naming of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis has inspired the enthusiasm not only of many Roman Catholics, but also of a publisher planning to re-launch a book about him by his official biographer, Sergio Rubin.

  • Latin Americans joyful one of their own is pope

    Argentines celebrated exuberantly Wednesday, after learning that the cardinal from Buenos Aires was elected the first pope from the Western Hemisphere.

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