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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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Pope Francis: Cardinals 'Found One All The Way At The End Of The World'

Cardinals elected a new pope on Wednesday — Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Melissa Block and Audie Cornish have more on the new leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis I.
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L.A. Archdiocese Settles With Sex Abuse Victims For Nearly $10 Million

The Los Angeles Archdiocese has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a priest sex abuse case. The settlement is the first since documents detailing the involvement of high-ranking church officials — including Cardinal Roger Mahony — in moving and protecting abusive priests. Mahony was at the Vatican where he was one of the 115 cardinals who gathered to select the new pope.
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New Pope's Selection Of 'Francis' Name Surprises Some

Melissa Block speaks with theology professor Chad Pecknold, of the Catholic University of America, about what might make up the Catholic Church's agenda under the new pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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