Skip to Content

Pope Francis I (Updated March 16, 2013)

Updated with video from Pope’s first press conference. Says journalists & church should have same values: truth, beauty, & kindness.

By Print Preview

Francis I

Update March 16, 2013: Pope's first press conference:

 Second update March 13, 2013: Argentina Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio elected pope. Assumes title Francis I.

Associated Press profile of Pope Francis I

New Pope Shifts Church's Center of Gravity Away from Europe, New York Times

Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio was second on each ballot in last conclave, Catholic News Service

Will evangelical Catholics save the church? by George Weigel

First report March 13, 2013:

White smoke is pouring out of the chimney from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, signaling the Roman Catholic Church now has a new pope.


With bells tolling all over Rome, Vatican officials say that man will be introduced on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in less than an hour. The Swiss guard is assembling in front of the Vatican and the Italian band is marching in.

St. Peter's Square awaits the papal introduction

St. Peter's Square awaits the papal introduction

Before meeting the world, he will stop in the Vatican's Pauline Chapel to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Each cardinal also will greet him individually,

Unless he’s the pope, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, senior cardinal deacon, will shout "Habemus Papam!" or "We have a pope!" from the loggia. He will then give the name of the new pope who will appear and give his first papal blessing to those gathered in St. Peter's Square and to the world.

The 115 cardinal electors entered into conclave on Tuesday. To become pope, a candidate needed to garner at least 77 votes.

Sign up for Journey newsletter!

Privacy by SafeUnsubscribe

Upcoming Features