10 Things we Know about Pope Francis

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The man looked a little startled last night as he stepped out to greet his most devout followers in St Peter’s square, but Pope Francis seems like a normal guy.

He refused to be elevated above the cardinals when addressing the crowd, and also broke with tradition by asking the multitudes to pray for him before blessing them.

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5 Things the Pope Wears and What they Mean

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The Catholic church is one full of long held traditions. As an outsider attending a mass recently, I was struck by the simplicity and beauty of the rituals and prayers.

The Pope is a man surrounded by ritual, and I’ve always wondered about the symbolism of his various vestments and accessories. So here are 5 for those who are also curious.

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Francis, not Francis I

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Last night, the worldwide media was divided on one theme. Not in particular regards to Jorge Mario Bergoglio himself, but whether or not to add the roman numeral I to the end of his name.

As always, the Vatican promptly saw to clarifying the confusion, announcing that the new Pope is Francis, not Francis I, as the majority of media had been incorrectly naming him in the hours following his election.

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Benedict XVI Follows the Papal Selection on TV

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What a strange set of circumstances, an absolute anomaly in the history of the Catholic Church. A Pope emeritus following the Cardenal Conclave in which his successor will be chosen. On TV.

Almost a fortnight ago, Pope Benedict XVI started his season of rest and contemplation away from Rome. The retiring Pope can currently be found at the Castel Gandolfo, the pontifical summer residence, where he has been since his resignation came into effect on the 28th of February at 8pm.

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Habemus Papam

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In just over 25 hours, the 115 cardinals from 50 countries gathered in the Sistine Chapel Conclave have chosen their new Pope.

After two signals of black smoke, at 7:10pm yesterday the arrival of the awaited white smoke stopped the world when the Vatican chimney announced the election of its new Church leader, with a surprise included – that he would be the first Latin American pope in History.

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