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Wednesday News: “Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania”; “Groundbreaking Night...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 15. Italy bridge collapse: 37 dead as minister...

A New Pope Emerges

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Today in Rome's Saint Peter's Square, over one hundred thousand people gathered to cheer a new pope.  Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, a cardinal committed to social justice for the poor, became Pope Francis, most likely named after Saint Francis of Assisi, champion of the poor. Many Catholics rejoice in an American Pope, from Latin America. The first Latin American, first non-European, and first Jesuit is now the leader of the world's largest faith.

President Obama greeted the news with a statement which said (in part):


On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy.  As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years-that in each other we see the face of God.  As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day
And the Vice-President added: