Vatican appoints Pope Francis to lead the church

On Wednesday, March 13th, some thirty days after Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly announced his resignation, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was ordained Pope Francis. The first non-European to fill the position in twelve centuries and the first-ever member of the Jesuit order, the 266th pontiff is now responsible for leading more than 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide.

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Pope Benedict XVI resigns

Jaws dropped around the world yesterday when Pope Benedict XVI announced he would be resigning from papacy on February 28. The 85-year-old pope cited health complications as an explanation for his nearly unprecedented move, acknowledging that he required “both strength of mind and body” in order to govern a body of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide.

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