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  • Pope Francis on Monday took an emotional, close-up look at the tomb of Peter, the church's first pontiff, buried beneath St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican said
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  • Pope Francis marked Christianity's most joyous day, celebrating his first Easter Sunday as pontiff in the company of more than 250,000 people
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  • Pope Francis has won over many hearts and minds with his simple style, but he has devastated traditionalists who adored his predecessor for restoring pomp to the papacy
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  • Tom Koch sits down with the the cardinal to talk about the new pope, the retired pope and where the church goes from here
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  • Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, encouraging people to be humble and young at heart
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  • Their meeting was a historic and potentially problematic melding of the papacies that has never before confronted the Catholic Church
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  • Pope Francis, the first pope from the New World, was formally inaugurated at a mass in a packed St. Peter's Square
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  • Millions of people gathered in St. Peter's to celebrate Mass with the new pope, and among them were Catholics from Texas
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  • The pontiff made his way around St. Peter's Square in an open-air car and even getting out to greet his pilgrims
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  • Pope Francis' diplomatic skills were tested Monday, as he met with a head of state with whom he's clashed in the past
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  • Mxing his formal speeches with off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis stamped his own style on the papacy Sunday
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  • Pope Francis met the media on Saturday, telling of his feelings as it appeared he would be elected and why he chose the name he did
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  • The new Catholic Church leader turned on the charm as he met with the press on Saturday
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  • Pope Francis paid a heartfelt tribute Friday to his predecessor Benedict XVI, saying his faith and teaching had "enriched and invigorated" the Catholic Church and would remain its spiritual patrimony forever
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  • That's because these early days and what he does in them are an indication of the kind of pope he will be from here on out
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  • Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday
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  • Prof. Lynn Mitchell, Director of Religious Studies at U of H, analyzes the selection of Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio as pope
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  • ABC13's Art Rascon is in Rome following Pope Francis' first day as the new pontiff
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  • ABC13's Tom Koch was in Rome with reaction to the day after Pope Francis was elected
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  • Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday. ABC13's Tom Koch has more from Rome
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  • Special prayers for Pope Francis were said during Thursday morning mass at Houston's Co-Catheral of the Sacred Heart
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  • Special prayers for Pope Francis were said during the morning mass at Houston's Co-Catheral of the Sacred Heart
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  • Go behind the scenes in Rome as ABC13's Tom Koch and Art Rascon cover the historic election of a new pope
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  • Pope Francis is known for his humility, his reluctance to talk about himself. The self-effacement, admirers say, is why he has hardly ever denied one of the harshest allegations against him: That he was among church leaders who actively supported Argentina's murderous dictatorship
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  • The new pope has daunting challenges ahead ranging from the church sex abuse scandal to reinvigorating the flock.
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  • Thousands of people were celebrating in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican when the announcement was made
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  • Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina's conservative Catholic church
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  • They were too young to remember the last pope election, but this time, they were watching, witnessing history
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  • People of other faiths are also reacting to the change in the Catholic church with the elevation of Argentine cardinal
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  • The cardinals chose a seasoned pastor in Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina who would draw followers to the faith and help rebuild a church stained by scandal
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  • Pope Francis is the first Latin American to lead the Catholic Church
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  • Cars honked their horns as the news spread and television announcers screamed with elation and surprise
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  • The decision to elect Pope Francis as the new leader for Catholicism is especially meaningful to the Latin American community
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  • See images from outside the Sistine Chapel, as Catholics around the world learned they have a new leader
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  • Art Rascon was there when the white smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel and when Pope Francis was introduced
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  • History was made Wednesday as we bore witness to the first pope from South America
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  • Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, 76, of Argentina has been elected pope. He is the first pontiff from the Americas
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  • Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who is in Vatican City, was among the 115 cardinals who elected the new leader, Pope Francis
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  • The Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart honored Pope Francis by putting up Vatican colors above its door
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  • Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas. He chose the name of Pope Francis
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  • Church bells rang out as white smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling a new pope has been elected
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  • Like the rest of the world, Houston-area Catholics are monitoring the conclave closely, eagerly anticipating the election of a new pope
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  • Black smoke has emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney this morning, meaning no pope has been selected
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  • Thousands of people gathered to see how Day 1 would end. The result? black smoke, which meant no new pope
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  • The 115 cardinals didn't reach a decision Tuesday as to who will be the next leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics
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  • A local law professor has created website that allows you to pick a pope on your own, and it's garnering worldwide attention
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  • A local law professor has created website that allows you to pick a pope on your own, and it's garnering worldwide attention
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  • It is a waiting game as thousands flock to the Vatican to pray and be witness to the election of the next pope
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  • ABC13's Tom Koch watched with other onlookers as the black smoke poured out from the Sistine Chapel chimney
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  • Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in St. Peters Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The black smoke indicates that the new pope has not been elected yet. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • Cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try and Art Rascon was outside the Vatican when it happened
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