Anderson Cooper reports on the life and early career of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the new leader of the Catholic church who was born in Argentina and has chosen Francis as his papal name.
To learn more, read The AC360 411: Meet Pope Francis
St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Pope Francis has taken his name, captures the spirit of many Catholics because church history regards him as the pre-eminent figure passionate about imitating Christ's life.
He is known also as a patron saint of Italy, the founder of the Franciscan order of the Friars Minor, an admirer of nature and a servant to poor and destitute. The brown robe of the Franciscans is iconic.
Anderson Cooper highlights the sights and sounds leading up to Pope Francis' first appearance at the Vatican.
Rev. Beck believes Pope Francis is a man of the people who will connect with members of the church. CNN’s Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen says the pope has demonstrated leadership through service. Anderson Cooper asked them both how those characteristics will help the pope lead the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world.
For more on Pope Francis, watch Historic experience for Vatican interns
Two Villanova students talk about the thrill of interning at the Vatican during the start of Pope Francis' papacy. Their first day on the job was the day Pope Benedict XVI announced he was resigning - it had been nearly 600 years since a pope left office to retire.
Sean Hudgins says he was surprised the announcement of a new pope came on day two of the conclave. "It was quite a rush of excitement for me, more than I had anticipated," Hudgins said about being in St. Peter's Square when Pope Francis was revealed as the new head of the Catholic church.
CNN's Miguel Marquez reports on the intense anticipation and celebration in St. Peter's Square before and after the appearance of Pope Francis.
Learn more by reading The AC360 411: Meet Pope Francis
John Allen, Ashley McGuire, and Father Cutie discuss Pope Francis' positive and humble message at the start of his papacy.
Read more about the pope in "Bergoglio's journey to top of the church"
Pope Francis had part of one lung removed early in his life. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta says there shouldn't be any concern about his ability to serve.
Read more about the pope in "5 things to know about the new pope"
Editor’s Note: Anderson Cooper reports live from Rome tonight on the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergogolio as the new pope for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, has been elected as the new pope of the Catholic Church. He’s taking the name Pope Francis. The name symbolizes "poverty, humility and simplicity,” said John Allen, CNN’s Senior Vatican Analyst. When the new pope spoke to the massive crowd in St. Peter’s Square today, he told them, “Let us pray always for one another. Let us pray for the whole world. Let us have a big brotherhood.” The papal conclave took five votes over two days until it reached its decision. Here’s the AC360 411 on the new pope and papal conclave:
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