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Pope Francis (AP)

The new Holy Father should bring hope to the world

Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St Peter's last night (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/03/13

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Cardinal Bergoglio in an undated photo (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Bergoglio once refused a Curial position, saying it would kill him

Pope Francis (Photo: PA)

No one here was prepared for his election – President Kirchner was oblivious to the news, tweeting about public projects in Patagonia

Our cartoonist Christian Adams considers the Pope's task ahead

Welcome, Pope Francis

Let’s pray that he will inspire all Catholics to join him in the urgent task of rebuilding the Church

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 13/03/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

People huddle under umbrellas as they keep watch on the smoke stack (Photo: PA)

In St Peter’s Square, pilgrims are hopeful, excited, and a little anxious

All eyes are focussed on the chimney  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The Church needs more than an ‘obvious’ candidate – we need an exceptional one

Cardinals attend Mass for election of pope in St. Peter's Basilica yesterday (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

It is called the ‘room of tears’ for a reason

Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer of Sao Paulo (Photo: CNS)

Journalists are floundering because they cannot see beyond the dichotomy of ‘conservative’ and ‘progressive’