At the Vatican on Wednesday it was announced that Jorge Mario Bergoglio would be the first-ever Jesuit pope. Melissa Block speaks with Father Robert Ballecer of the Jesuit Conference of the United States about the significance of the first Jesuit pope.
Chuck Hagel is the first Secretary of Defense to have served in Vietnam and the only veteran to hold that job who was not an officer. Hagel was also awarded two purple hearts for war injuries. Last weekend he traveled to Afghanistan and pinned purple hearts on soldiers there and established his credibility with the troops as a secretary of defense who's been in their boots.
As news spread that the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel was billowing white smoke to signal the election of a new pope, anticipation began to build for the new pontiff's first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Here's a quick rundown of what happens after cardinal electors choose a pope.
Cardinals at the Vatican chose Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pope. He will take the papal name Francis and is the first pope from South America. NPR's Neal Conan talks with guests about the significance of the event around the world.
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