'If Argentines don't seize this moment, it is because we are the biggest fools in the world for wasting this spiritual awakening he brought to our churches.'
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aries, Argentina -- The former archbishop once known for never smiling is, to those from the villa, the same man he's always been.
Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Life in the slums is a far cry from the picturesque backdrop of Buenos Aires, but it's that family life that Francis knows best and those people who touched him most. 1st of 3 Parts.
Residents of Villa 21-24, a slum on the south side of the Argentine capital, hold fond memories of Pope Francis.
Tour guides take tourists to the most notable and mundane points the pope visited when he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires.
Argentines have embraced the election of Pope Francis in a country where the economy is teetering and politics are polarized.
The traditional pre-Lent celebration has been revived in Argentina in recent years amid turbulent economic conditions.
The diocese of San Isidro publicly apologized for the actions of Fr. Jose Mercau, a priest sentenced to 14 years in jail in 2006 for sexually abusing of four children.
"The San Isidro diocesan community, and especially the bishop and priests, publicly apologize to the young victims who were affected by the conduct of a priest within our diocese, Father Jose Mercau, when he was a priest at St. John the Baptist Church," said the document signed by Bishop Oscar Ojea and read at diocesan Masses Dec. 14-15.
John Allen in Argentina: Go to the slums of Buenos Aires, and there's a very good chance you'll meet someone who has met Jorge Mario Bergoglio personally.
All Things Catholic: A week in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis' hometown, gives indications of just what the new pontiff will do.