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White smoke appeared from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel, and bells from St. Peter's Basilica have pealed, meaning the 115 Roman Catholic cardinals gathered at the Vatican from all over the world have chosen a new pope.

The church's 266th pontiff will replace Benedict XVI, whose surprise resignation last month prompted the cardinals to initiate a conclave, a Latin phrase meaning "with a key," to pick a new leader for the world's almost 2 billion Catholics.

Although it's not immediately clear who received the necessary two-thirds vote, several candidates were mentioned as front runners, including what could be the first African pope or the first pope from the U.S. or Canada.

The new church leader takes over an organization many say is in crisis, from damaging allegations of internal squabbling to the cover-up and abetting of sexual abuse, though the latter issue came to light before Benedict's papacy.

Some sources say the Catholic Church in the U.S. has paid out as much as $3 billion to settle sexual abuse claims, though others estimate a billion less. At least eight U.S. Catholic dioceses declared bankruptcy protection. Benedict said in a 1998 U.S. visit that he was ashamed of the sex abuse scandal, and assured that the church would not allow pedophiles to become priests.

The Pope Emeritus also faced criticism for his role in overseeing the church's reaction to the sexual abuse crisis, as well as revelations from the "Vatileaks" incident. The pope's butler was implicated in the leaking of documents that included what Italian media first characterized as evidence of blackmail and disarray among church leaders regarding how to address growing concerns about money laundering.

Though Benedict basically dismissed those allegations as exaggerated, he remarked that the leaks and results of the ensuing investigation he commissioned had saddened him. Church outsiders have speculated that the results of Benedict's investigation may have led to his decision to resign from the papacy, a move unprecedented in six centuries.

The new pope will also face pressure to modernize the church on issues from reforming the clergy to allowing contraception. It's unclear if the cardinals will pick a pope who will change the church or a conservative leader who will remain dedicated to its current principals.
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Bergoglio from Argentina is the new pope! He took the name Pope Francis.
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Bergoglio from Argentina is the new pope! He took the name Pope Francis.
Yep!

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Well, I can't say he was my first or even my second choice but he isn't a bad choice. I do think thi signifies that the Church is not going to make any significant changes for another decade, though.
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Well, I can't say he was my first or even my second choice but he isn't a bad choice. I do think thi signifies that the Church is not going to make any significant changes for another decade, though.
Depends on what you mean by "changes"...

I just heard that the thought might be so he can change the Vatican bureaucracy (The curia)...
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Depends on what you mean by "changes"...

I just heard that the thought might be so he can change the Vatican bureaucracy (The curia)...
That could be. I was hoping for a real reformer. Someone who would look at things like the AIDS crisis in Africa and assess the Catholic Church's role in perpetuating it. Maybe even reconsider the celibacy vows for priests and definitely acknowledge the abuse scandals with a contrite attitude on behalf of the Church.

I don't think Pope Francis is that guy. But I do think he might clean some house in the Vatican which is, at least, a good start. The first thing he needs to do is excommunicate Cardinal Mahony and then look at cleaning up Ireland.
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Bergoglio from Argentina is the new pope! He took the name Pope Francis.
That's my great grandfather's name and the name (Francisco) of the first arch bishop of San Antonio (who opened the new world's first orphanage).
A nice name.
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I thought they were chanting "Viva La Pupae"...I was like "They elected a butterfly?!?!?!"...
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