Bergoglio: A pope of paradox for a church in transition

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A hierarchy looking to make a clear statement about where the troubled church is headed chose on Wednesday (March 13) the first member of the influential Jesuit order to be the next pope. Yet they also chose a humble man who lives simply and took the name Francis (also a first) that evokes the founder of another great religious order.

Photo gallery: Rome prepares for a papal conclave

The conclave to elect a new pope began on Tuesday (March 12) and Catholics gathered for Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.  Religion News Service photos by Andrea Sabbadini Click any image below to view photo slideshow.  

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