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Jorge Mario Bergoglio Becomes First-Ever Jesuit Pope

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.

Pope Francis I Was 'Runner-Up' At Previous Conclave

Audie Cornish talks to Matthew Bunson, senior correspondent of the national Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor, for some more background on Pope Francis I, who was chosen Wednesday.

Catholics Around The World React To Announcement Of New Pope

We have reaction from around the world to the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as pope.

New Pope Criticized For His Association With Argentina's Dirty War

Audie Cornish talks to Ian Mount, a freelance reporter in Buenos Aires, for more on Catholicism in Argentina, the home country of Pope Francis I.

First Latin American Pope Known As A Humble Leader

Audie Cornish talks to Sylvia Poggioli about the scene at the Vatican after a Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected as pope on Wednesday.

Selection Of Argentine Pope Surprises Some Vatican Observers

Melissa Block talks to Philip Reeves about reaction to the selection of a new pope to lead the Catholic Church, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Troops In Afghanistan Receive Hagel As Someone Who's Walked In Their Boots

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.

Transcript: Pope Francis' First Speech As Pontiff

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, spoke Wednesday on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis: What Happens After A Papal Election

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 Elect Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio As New 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.