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The new pope: Argentine elected Pope Francis

March 13, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Francis, associating himself with the humble 13th-century Italian preacher who lived a life of poverty. Continue Reading

Minnesota Vatican expert weighs in

March 13, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

BEMIDJI With the announcement of Pope Francis on Wednesday, Bemidji resident John Thavis was in Rome as an on-air commentator for ABC News covering the conclave. Continue Reading

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

March 13, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis. Continue Reading

Catholic church has new pope; white smoke rises

March 13, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

VATICAN CITY (AP) The Catholic church has chosen a new pope.

White smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning 115 cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Continue Reading

Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet

March 12, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

VATICAN CITY Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Tuesday, signaling that cardinals had failed on their first vote of the papal conclave to choose a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church.
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Vatican: conclave likely to start early next week

March 8, 2013 in The Daily Republic

VATICAN CITY (AP) The Vatican said Friday the conclave to elect a new pope will likely start in the first few days of next week, signaling that cardinals are coming to an end of discussions about the state of the church and who best among them might lead it.
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Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he’s too infirm

February 11, 2013 in The Daily Republic

VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
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Pope urges end to Syria bloodshed, peace worldwide at Christmas Eve Mass

December 25, 2011 in West Central Tribune

VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria and the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in his Christmas message Sunday, an appeal for peace that was challenged by deadly attacks on two Nigerian churches. Continue Reading

From Dickinson to the Vatican: Mass with the Pope

December 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Two young men will get a very special Christmas gift this year. Dickinson residents Austin Holgard and Dominic Bouck will spend two hours with Pope Benedict XVI during the midnight Christmas Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. “It’s pretty surreal right now,” Bouck said Friday from Rome. “It’s just beyond what I ever hoped for.” Continue Reading

UPDATE: Ireland denounces Vatican role in abuse cover-ups

July 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Ireland’s lawmakers have united to denounce the Vatican after an investigation found that Catholic leaders in Rome undermined Irish efforts to report child-abusing priests to police. Continue Reading