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During his first morning as Pope, Francis prayed for nearly 30 minutes at the altar of Rome’s Basilica of St Mary Major. Before he left he greeted a married couple and gave a blessing to the lady, who was pregnant

Euphoria broke out in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis: in his own words

Quotes from the new Pope on evangelisation, vanity, human trafficking and inequality

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

The Pope celebrates Mass in the Sistine Chapel

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

Just moments after being elected, Pope Francis gave his first ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing as he stood on the balcony overlooking St Peter’s Square

Welcome, Pope Francis

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

Quiet thunder in Argentina

This profile of Cardinal Bergoglio first appeared in The Catholic Herald on October 7 2005

‘It looks as if my brothers the cardinals went to fetch [the new Pope] from the end of the world!’