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

On the second day of their conclave, 115 Roman Catholic cardinals settled on their selection. Now, the new pontiff faces the challenge of leading a church that is confronting many challenges. His chosen name honors a saint known for works of mercy and a simple lifestyle.
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Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis I'

It is 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina.


The Americans Who Might Be Pope

The words "American" and "pope" have rarely been said in the same breath. But in Rome this week, the names of three U.S. cardinals have been all the buzz. Timothy Dolan of New York, Sean O'Malley of Boston, and Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., are being taken seriously as potential candidates to become the next pontiff.

Can't Read Smoke Signals? Try A Pope Alert Via Text, from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, lets eager Vatican watchers sign up for a text or e-mail alert that will go out as soon as a decisive ballot is cast. Their slogan? "When the smoke goes up, you'll know what's going down."

No Pope Yet: Black Smoke Rises After Morning Votes On Day 2 Of Conclave

Catholics around the world are watching the roof of the Vatican again to learn if their church has a new pope. If they see black smoke, that means the church's cardinals still haven't decided. White smoke and bells signal that a pope has been chosen.

5 Things About Popes And Their Names; Like, Why Do They Change Them?

One name has been "retired." Others have never been reused. John is the most popular. It's a tradition going back to the year 533 that a new pope chooses a name other than the one he was born with. He's likely sending a message about what type of leader he hopes to be.
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D.C. Area Catholics Pray For Election Of New Pope

The 115 Roman Catholic cardinals are in place in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect a new pope, and the area faithful are sending blessings their way.


Watch For The White Smoke: Cardinals Begin Conclave To Select Next Pope

In the Sistine Chapel, cardinals will begin voting. It takes the votes of two-thirds (77 cardinals) to become pope. If no one gets that many on the first ballot, the cardinals will be "busy murmuring in each others' ears over coffee and pasta" as they form alliances, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli says.