This date in history: March 13, 2013. The College of Cardinals elects Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the next pope. Bergoglio takes the name Francis, thus beginning a historic year for the papacy.
Here are some of the many stories written about Pope Francis on his first anniversary: The New York Times  on challenges facing the pope; E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post  on Francis’ commitment to the poor; The Boston Globe  on the reaction of cardinals; a Chicago Tribune  blog on managing expectations; 10 best quotes from the London Free Press ; The Associated Press  on Francis’ actions during Argentina’s Dirty War; Reuters  on changes to the Curia’s secretary of state role. And, an analysis of Pope Francis’ first year by biographer Paul Vallely in The Guardian .
In the meantime, the watchdog group BishopAccountability.org is questioning Bergoglio’s response  to the priest sex abuse crisis in Argentina.
And, no charges  will be filed against Minneapolis-St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt.
Haiti’s first cardinal, Chibly Langlois, celebrates Mass  for thousands.
A Lutheran ministry in St. Louis reaches out to local Jews .
U.N.’s secretary general criticizes Iran  for its human rights record.
“Homeless Jesus” sculpture  draws interest in South Carolina town.
On our calendar: The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress  begins today.