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Cardinals Introduce New Pope Francis to St. Peter’s Square [PHOTOS]

The Catholic church has elected a new pope. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. He has taken the name Pope Francis.

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Argenentinian Cardinal Elected Pope Francis

The new pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is 76, has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.

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White Smoke Pours from Sistine Chapel: A New Pope is Elected

Cardinals meeting in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel have elected a new Pope.

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Papal Conclave: How It Works and What to Expect

The process by which the next pope will be elected, known as the conclave, began Tuesday morning at about 11:30. Here are some key points you should know about:

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The Papal Conclave Day One
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Black Smoke Rises: No New Pope on First Ballot

Tuesday evening, a plume of black smoke rose out of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, signifying that the first round of balloting to elect a new pope had passed without any nominee receiving the necessary two-thirds majority.

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Verso Paper to be Honored in Sunday Service [AUDIO]

Area churches will collectively host a service in support of those who have been impacted by the closing of Verso Paper.

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Task Force Gives Thumbs Up on District’s Religion Policy [AUDIO]

A task force has determined the St. Cloud Area School District's religion policy is just fine. Superintendent Bruce Watkins says, while talking to residents during his retirement, he found there was a lot of misinformation about the district's policy on religion.

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St. John’s Hires Firm to Find its Next President

For the first time, the pool of candidates to become the next president of the St. John's University in Collegeville may include someone who isn't a member of the monastery there.

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Church Holds Session About Ex-Deacon Abuse

Catholic officials in St. Cloud will hold a listening session this weekend to address allegations that a former deacon sexually abused at least two boys some 40 years ago.

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St. John’s Abbey Celebrates Church’s 50 years

The monks of St. John's Abbey celebrated on Sunday the 50th anniversary of the dedication of their famous Abbey and University Church in Collegeville.

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