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2:13pm

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Who Is Pope Francis?

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 7:41 pm

Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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The new pope, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit, but he appears to hold views very much in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Bergoglio has chosen the papal name Francis, becoming the 266th to hold the title of spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.

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12:42pm

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: White Smoke, Bells Signal New Pope Has Been Selected

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 1:08 pm

12:14pm

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis'

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 6:11 am

Pope Francis as he waved to the crowd in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
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The world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics have a new spiritual leader, and for the first time it is someone from the Americas.

As afternoon turned to evening in Vatican City on Wednesday, a little after 7 p.m. local time, white smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang through St. Peter's Square — the traditional signals that the church's cardinals have chosen a new pope.

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4:23am

Wed March 13, 2013
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No Pope Yet: Black Smoke Rises After Morning Votes On Day 2 Of Conclave

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 10:07 am

Black smoke rose from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel at midday Wednesday in Vatican City. That means the cardinals have not yet chosen a new pope.
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Update at 6:41 a.m. ET. The Smoke Is Black:

Smoke just started pouring from a special chimney above the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City — and its dark color means the 115 cardinals meeting inside the chapel have not yet agreed on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

If all has gone as planned inside the chapel, where the cardinals are meeting in secret, they have now cast three ballots and no one name has been written on at last two-thirds of the slips of paper. It takes two-thirds — 77 votes — to become leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

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5:39am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

The Smoke Is Black: No Pope After Cardinals' First Vote

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 1:25 pm

As the black smoke rose from the Vatican chimney Tuesday, some of the nuns and others gathered in St. Peter's Square were singing.
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Update at 2:43 p.m. ET. No Pope Today:

Black smoke just poured from the chimney above the Vatican. That means, as was expected, the cardinals did not choose a pope on the first vote of their conclave to name a successor to the now-retired Pope Benedict XVI. As the cardinals' ballots are burned, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli says, chemicals are added to a fire in a second stove to turn the smoke black if there's no pope elected and white if there is.

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