Pope Francis

St. Louis on the Air
5:03 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Discussion: The Papacy Of Pope Francis And His Impact On The Catholic Church

Pope Francis on a visit to Argentina last March.
(via Wikimedia Commons/Casa Rosada)

In the 11 months since Pope Francis began his papacy, he has gained widespread approval and a reputation for shaking things up.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:32 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Local Reaction To Pope Francis, New Leader Of The Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis
(via Flickr/Christus Vincit)

The new pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the first-ever Jesuit pope and the first non-European pope of the modern era.  He is the first to adopt the name Francis.

Pope Francis now leads the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Host Don Marsh spoke with a variety of guests to talk about the meaning behind Pope Francis’ selection and about some of the major controversial issues within the Church, including clergy sexual abuse, the role of women and same sex marriage.

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Pope Francis
5:48 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam: St. Louis Reacts To News Of New Pope

Catholic leaders in St. Louis say they are "delighted" by the selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. He is pictured here in April 2012 with the head of government in Buenos Aires.
(via Flickr/Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

The head of the Archdiocese of St. Louis says he is "delighted" with the selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

White smoke from the Sistine Chapel  announced the selection of a new pope  just about 1 p.m. local time. Bergoglio's name was revealed about an hour later. Until today, he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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