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Topic - Robert Moynihan
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 election of a new pope presented news organizations Wednesday with a slowly unfolding mystery governed by centuries of tradition.
Mr. Moynihan writes with a cadence familiar to American readers (Mr. Tornielli's book has been quickly and well translated from the original Italian), and as an American, Mr. Moynihan aims his coverage at what readers here are interested in.
"We don't know, Shep," Moynihan said. "They could be surprising us."