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7:54 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Louisville's Archbishop Joseph Kurtz: Pope Francis Brings 'Enthusiasm' for Catholics

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz
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The election of a pope from South America is recognition of where the Roman Catholic Church has strength, Louisville's Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said on Wednesday.

And Kurtz said he's hopeful Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio—now Pope Francis—will bring enthusiasm to Catholics worldwide, including in Louisville.

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The Two-Way
7:12 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Who Is Pope Francis?

Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 9:41 pm

The new pope, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit, but he appears to hold views very much in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Bergoglio has chosen the papal name Francis, becoming the 266th to hold the title of spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.

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The Two-Way
2:13 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis'

Pope Francis as he waved to the crowd in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
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Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 8:11 am

The world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics have a new spiritual leader, and for the first time it is someone from the Americas.

As afternoon turned to evening in Vatican City on Wednesday, a little after 7 p.m. local time, white smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang through St. Peter's Square — the traditional signals that the church's cardinals have chosen a new pope.

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The Two-Way
6:50 am
Wed March 13, 2013

No Pope Yet: Black Smoke Rises After Morning Votes On Day 2 Of Conclave

Black smoke rose from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel at midday Wednesday in Vatican City. That means the cardinals have not yet chosen a new pope.
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Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 12:07 pm

Update at 6:41 a.m. ET. The Smoke Is Black:

Smoke just started pouring from a special chimney above the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City — and its dark color means the 115 cardinals meeting inside the chapel have not yet agreed on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

If all has gone as planned inside the chapel, where the cardinals are meeting in secret, they have now cast three ballots and no one name has been written on at last two-thirds of the slips of paper. It takes two-thirds — 77 votes — to become leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Local News
4:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

As Conclave Begins, Louisville's Catholics Struggle With 'Waning' Numbers

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It's rare when a decision made thousands of miles—across the Atlantic Ocean—has an affect on the lives of Louisvillians, but the Conclave in Vatican City is just that.

The Conclave to choose the next pope begins this morning. Unlike in 2005, the cardinals choosing the Roman Catholic Church's next leader have no obvious frontrunner. Still, the challenges for the church worldwide have been much discussed—dropping church participation, a lack of priests, the sex abuse scandal that continues to dog church leaders.

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