Rome analysis: It probably took the intersection of several currents in the College of Cardinals to carry Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy.
In picking the name Francis, the new pope sent his first message to the world, but what is that message? Four possibilities come to mind, and perhaps they are all true.
NCR Today: New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan called the election of Pope Francis "inspired" and said it marks "a great milestone" in the church.
Blog: His papacy is only a few hours old, but there's already a big question floating around Pope Francis.
Reaction: What do these six young Catholics think about Wednesday's election of Pope Francis?
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.