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Pope Francis Displays 'Common Touch' On First Day

Pope Francis' spent his first day as leader of the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday.
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Pope Francis' Namesake Was Patron Saint Of Animals, Ecology

Saint Francis of Assisi is the namesake of the new pope, Francis. To learn about the life of Saint Francis and his legacy in the Catholic Church, Melissa Block talks with with Father Jeremy Harrington. He's guardian of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America.
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Argentina Reacts To Pope Francis

Renee Montagne speaks with Hugh Bronstein, a Thomson Reuters correspondent in Buenos Aires, about what the election of Pope Francis means to Argentines.
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Selection Of Pope Francis Energizes U.S. Catholics

Across the country, Catholics were surprised and happy about the selection of Francis as pope. In Miami, many Catholics are looking to Francis to bring about some positive changes.
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Election Of Pope Francis Could Signal New Start For Church

Roman Catholics woke up Thursday with a new pope — the first non-European supreme pontiff since the early centuries of Christianity. The Argentine chose the name Francis, never before used by any other pope. That could signal the start of a new chapter for the crisis-ridden church.
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The Life And Career Of Pope Francis

Newly minted Pope Francis, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, was known for his humility, for standing with the poor, and for his staunch conservatism on church teachings. With no experience in Vatican administration, the strength of this first Jesuit pope is thought to be his intellectual vigor and his pastoral skills.

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