Opinion: The election of Pope Francis was an inspired choice who might be able to make some changes at the highest levels of church.
Rome dispatch: Cardinals who voted for Pope Francis in this week's conclave said they believe Francis is the right man for the job.
The Roman Catholic church has its first Latin American pope: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, now to be known as Pope Francis.
Storify: This is the first papacy in a world with social media, and people from around the world are talking. Here's a snapshot of who's saying what.
Rome dispatch: Thousands watched black smoke rise from the Sistine Chapel in Rome this morning. No pope yet.
From Rome: White smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel a little after 7 p.m. Rome time Tuesday.
Map: Need a visual of where each cardinal is from and which countries have the most representatives? Look no further.
Rome dispatch: As the cardinals head into conclave to elect the next pope, a special Mass held Tuesday morning offered much pomp, but little direction.
Essay: The fundamental need within Catholicism is to grow institutionally and structurally into the interrelated three-fold form of ecclesial existence.
Essay: We can't forget the advice of Teresa of Avila, who wrote that given the choice between a saintly confessor and one who is a good theologian, trust the theologian.