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In Argentina, The New Pope Has Many Supporters, And A Few Critics

The new pontiff is widely revered for his many years of work with the poor. But he has not been immune from criticism in a country that has gone through tumultuous times.
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Pope Francis Begins With Prayer, Turns To Challenges

The first pope from the New World must now confront some old problems. He's begun his first full day as head of the church by slipping out of the Vatican to visit an ancient basilica. There, he quietly prayed with priests.
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Local Catholics Celebrate Election Of Pope Francis

Catholics in D.C. and Baltimore greeted the election of 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Maria Begoglio of Argentina, now Pope Francis, with ringing bells and widespread jubilation.

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Pope Francis: A Saintly Name, Hold The 'I'

After his election as pope Wednesday, Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose a name that, for many Catholics, sent an immediate signal of his goal to unite the Roman Catholic Church: Pope Francis. The name also prompted some confusion — over whether it should include "I."
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New Pope 'A Fresh Start,' But Old Problems Are Waiting

Pope Francis is the first pope from Latin America, a choice that makes sense strategically as the church becomes less Europe-centric. But how he will direct the church, which is still dealing with the fallout of the sexual abuse crisis and other challenges, remains unclear.

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

One of the first personal tidbits to emerge about Pope Francis: He cooks for himself. But austerity and humility are two of the new pontiff's defining characteristics. And they seem to extend to his eating habits.
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American Catholics Look To New Pope For Hope, Renewal

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

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