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This number of ny occasions articles covers occasions resulting in the 2013 election of a brand new pontiff and paints a portrait of the guy, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who stepped into that function as Pope Francis. Pope Benedict XVI, who had served as head of the Catholic Church for greater than seven years, introduced in February of 2013 that he could step down later that month — the 1st papal resignation in 598 years. the varsity of Catholic cardinals picked the recent pope on March thirteen, finishing a mystery papal conclave of 2 days and sending a gasp of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. In his emphasis on openness and humility, in addition to in his speech, demeanor and get dressed, Francis was once noticeable from his first days as pope to set a brand new tone on the Vatican.

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