- Title: USA: New pope dominates headlines in the United States
- Date: 14th March 2013
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (MARCH 14, 2013) (REUTERS) SHOT OF CAPITOL HILL MAN LOOKING AT NEWSPAPERS LOS ANGELES TIMES HEADLINES "A NEW WORLD POPE" AND HARTFORD COURANT HEADLINES "A POPE OF FIRSTS" MAN LOOKING AT NEWSPAPERS NEW YORK TIMES HEADLINES "A NEW POPE FROM THE AMERICAS" VARIOUS OF HEADLINES MAN WALKING AWAY WIDE OF NEWSEUM AND CAPITOL
- Embargoed: 29th March 2013 12:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Religion,Religion
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- Story Text: Newspapers across the United States on Thursday (March 14) marked the election of a new pope with large photos and full-page stories on the Argentinian cardinal who made news not just for his new position but for becoming the first non-European in over 1,300 years to become the head of the Catholic Church.
Headlines such as "A New World Pope", "A Pope of Firsts" and "A New Pope From the Americas" from national newspapers all focused on Pope Francis's Latin American roots.
Latin America is home to 42 percent of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and the election of Argentinian Gorge Mario Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis, ended nearly 1,300 years of popes born in Europe.
Francis has became the 266th pontiff in the Church's 2,000-year history at a time of great crisis, with the church under fire over a child sex abuse scandal and torn by infighting in the Vatican bureaucracy.
Although a conservative theologically, Francis is known for his concern for the poor and is expected to bring a radical change of style to the Church leadership, indicated by his choice for the first time of the name of St Francis of Assisi, who died in 1226 after living a life of poverty and simplicity.
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