Papal election stirs Argentina's 'dirty war' past
Pope Francis is known for his humility, his reluctance to talk about himself. The self-effacement, admirers say, is why he has hardly ever denied one of the harshest allegations against him: That he was among church leaders who actively supported Argentina's murderous dictatorship.
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As white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel in Rome Wednesday, halfway across the world bells on the campus of St. Bernard Prep School could be heard chiming from blocks away.
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Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina’s conservative Catholic church.
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Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope Wednesday and chose the papal name Francis, becoming first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
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Cardinals elected a new pope to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday, overcoming deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast conclave.
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Cardinals locked into Sistine Chapel to pick pope
Cardinals from around the globe locked themselves inside the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to choose a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church, surrounded by Michelangelo’s imposing frescos imagining the beginning and the end of the world.
Before the conclave, horse-trading has begun
The Vatican insists that the cardinals participating in the upcoming conclave will vote their conscience, each influenced only by silent prayers and reflection. Everybody knows, however, that power plays, vested interests and Machiavellian maneuvering are all part of the game, and that the horse-trading is already under way.
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