Rome dispatch: Pope Francis says he chose his name because St. Francis "was a man of peace, a man of poverty, a man who loved and protected creation."
How did Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio get to 77 votes so quickly? Here's some insider knowledge the cardinals have provided.
Rome dispatch: When Pope Francis met with his cardinals Friday, there were some slight alterations from the traditions of Pope Benedict XVI.
The Roman Catholic church has its first Latin American pope: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, now to be known as Pope Francis.
From Rome: White smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel a little after 7 p.m. Rome time Tuesday.
Rome dispatch: Black smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel's chimney Tuesday, announcing no pope was elected in the first round of voting.
The last millennium has shown that papal elections can be fraught with politics and can take months of wrangling to reach a resolution.
Three sizes of robes are ready for the new pope, hand-sewn by a shop that has dressed every pope since Pius XII.
Rome dispatch: I have learned in Rome that life goes on. However imperfect, the church carries the faithful through their days.
Pope Benedict XVI's successor will take over the rocky relationship with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.