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  • Minneapolis Basilica celebrates Mass, special ties to new Pope Francis
    The Basilica was decked out in papal colors, gold and white bunting hung from the entrance, and a flag with the pope's coat of arms was displayed near the pulpit.March 14, 2013
  • New pope's views bind simplicity with 'complexity'
    Twin messages are now expected to frame the beginning of the papacy of Pope Francis: Reinforcing the Vatican's views on issues such as birth control and women's ordination, yet showing an activist streak toward poverty and international debt.March 14, 2013
  • Photos: Mpls. Basilica honors Pope Francis I with celebratory Mass
    The Basilica of Saint Mary on the edge of downtown Minneapolis held a celebratory Mass Thursday in honor of the new pope, Francis I.March 14, 2013
  • Pope Francis stops by hotel to pick up luggage, pay bill
    Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself in a decidedly different style for the papacy usually ensconced inside the frescoed halls of the Vatican.March 14, 2013
  • New Pope 'a fresh start,' but old problems await
    In choosing 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio of Argentina, now Pope Francis, the College of Cardinals signaled the growing importance of Latin America, Africa and Asia in the church's fortunes. But they also affirmed their commitment to traditional church doctrine.March 14, 2013
  • Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis
    Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Francis, associating himself with the humble 13th-century Italian preacher who lived a life of poverty.March 14, 2013
  • Catholics overjoyed at 1st Latin American pope
    Tears and cheers erupted across Latin America on Wednesday as an Argentine cardinal became the first pope from the hemisphere, and many expressed hope that he could help bring the church closer to the poverty-wracked region that is home to more Roman Catholics than any other.March 13, 2013
  • Obama sends prayers, warm wishes to new pope
    President Barack Obama offered prayers and warm wishes Wednesday to the newly elected pope, applauding the selection of the first pope from the Americas as a sign of the region's strength and vitality.March 13, 2013
  • Profile: Pope Francis is first from the Americas
    Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina's conservative Catholic church.March 13, 2013
  • Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis
    Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.March 13, 2013
  • Photos: Jorge Bergoglio elected new pope
    The archbishop of Buenos Aires has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.March 13, 2013
  • Black smoke rises; no pope yet
    Smoke started pouring from a special chimney above the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City Wednesday morning -- and its dark color means the 115 cardinals meeting inside the chapel have not yet agreed on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.March 13, 2013
  • Media watching for results of papal conclave
    A Catholic organization has set up a website that lets people register to receive a text or email notification when a pope has been selected by cardinals meeting in Vatican City.March 13, 2013
  • Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet
    Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Tuesday, signaling that cardinals had failed on their first vote of the papal conclave to choose a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church.March 12, 2013
  • A rough guide to the papal conclave
    On Tuesday, 115 "cardinal electors" will be locked inside the Vatican to begin the secretive process of selecting the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. It's one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet.March 11, 2013

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