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4:56pm

Wed March 13, 2013
The Salt

Yes, The New Pope Cooks, But He's No Foodie

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 10:13 am

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

As the white smoke cleared from the skies above the Vatican on Wednesday, one of the first widely reported personal tidbits to emerge about the newly selected pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is that the Argentine cooks for himself. But the new pontiff, who will now be known as Francis, is hardly a foodie, it seems.

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4:19pm

Wed March 13, 2013
The Papal Succession

American Catholics Look To New Pope For Hope, Renewal

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 4:44 pm

Catholics in Philadelphia react on Wednesday to selection of the new pope.

2:46pm

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Upon News Of Argentinian Pope, Latin Americans Are Overjoyed

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 6:01 pm

Faithful react after the announcement that Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis I, at Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis goes into history as the first pontiff from the New World.

For Latin America in particular, this is a momentous occasion: It is home to 483 million Catholics, or a little more than 40 percent of the global population.

Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of Italian parents. At one point, he was the archbishop of the Buenos Aires diocese, which The Wall Street Journal reports, has "the largest concentration of Catholics in the world."

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2:45pm

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope Francis: What Happens After A Papal Election

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 4:53 pm

After Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th pontiff, he chose the name Pope Francis. His installation Mass could come early next week.
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As news spread that the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel was billowing white smoke to signal the election of Pope Francis, anticipation built for the new pontiff's first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.

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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.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

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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