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  • Succeeding Joseph Ratzinger, Bergoglio becomes the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998, he belongs to the order of the 'Society of Jesus' and he is the first Church leader ever chosen from South America.
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    Judith Harris(March 13, 2013)
    Francis I has been named Pope, in remarkable speed. Archbishop of Buenos Aires, age 76, he is the first Jesuit pontiff in history and is the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina. His inaugural mass will be held next Tuesday in St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Once again the Eternal City is the anxious setting for election of a new Pope, the 266th in history. On Thursday the last cardinal who can vote in the approaching Conclave arrived for what is, for the Roman Catholic Church, an epocal event - epocal but also traumatic because the resignation of Benedict XIV was completely unexpected. Hovering like a ghost over the proceedings, say Vaticanologists, is the scandal of Vatileaks, with its revelations of infighting and financial scandal within the Vatican.