Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected New Leader of World's 1.2 Billion Catholics

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 02:33 PM EDT

Rodman Arrives in Rome to "Support the Cause"

Rodman Arrives in Rome to "Support the Cause"

Fresh from a trip to North Korea, the Worm landed in Rome. Dennis Rodman showed up at St. Peter's Square to campaign for Ghanaian cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson to become the first black pope. Dressed in a...

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 01:24 PM EST

Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis on Wednesday — and in the process became the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit ever to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. Francis'...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 02:19 PM EDT

What Name Pope Chooses for Himself Says a Lot

What Name Pope Chooses for Himself Says a Lot

The first clue about what kind of leader the next pope will be — liberal or conservative, reformer or by-the-book — will come only minutes after the smoke clears at the Sistine Chapel, according to NBC News.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM EDT

Miami's Belen Jesuit Holds Mass for Conclave

Miami's Belen Jesuit Holds Mass for Conclave

Prayers in Miami as cardinals convene to pick new pope.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 01:05 PM EDT

"Smoke Alerts" Bring Conclave Spectating to the Social Media Age

"Smoke Alerts" Bring Conclave Spectating to the Social Media Age

While the cardinals gathered in Rome to elect the new pope are bound by centuries-old procedures—writing and counting ballots by hand, burning them in a chimney to communicate the outcome of a vote—...

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 07:08 AM EDT

Schedule of Voting During the Papal Conclave

Schedule of Voting During the Papal Conclave

The conclave to elect a new pope begins Tuesday at the Vatican. The voting process follows a set ritual every day until the Catholic Church has a new leader.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 07:05 AM EDT

Full Text: Oath Sworn by Cardinals before Papal Vote

Full Text: Oath Sworn by Cardinals before Papal Vote

Before cardinals start voting for a new pope, they will swear an oath of secrecy in the Sistine Chapel.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 06:28 AM EDT

After First Day of Conclave, Black Smoke Means No New Pope Yet

After First Day of Conclave, Black Smoke Means No New Pope Yet

The 115 top Catholic clergymen who are set to pick one of their own to become the next pope were set to rise early Wednesday morning for a second day of voting on the Roman Catholic Church's future leader. That...

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM EDT

Betting and Bribes: Bizarre Tidbits from Conclaves Past

Betting and Bribes: Bizarre Tidbits from Conclaves Past

The oaths of secrecy, locked doors and smoke signals that give modern papal elections an air of intrigue trace their roots back to a political solution much more practical than mysterious. Those trappings...

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 04:20 PM EDT

New Pope Takes on 8 Official Titles, But Pope's Not One

New Pope Takes on 8 Official Titles, But Pope's Not One

Pope Francis I will be taking on the awesome responsibility of leading a church with more than 1 billion followers, a job that comes with eight official titles — none of them "Pope."

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been announced as the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. He has taken the name Pope Francis and succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, who formally ended his papacy on Feb. 28. Refresh this page often for complete coverage.