Pope Francis has responded to complaints that he has largely ignored the clerical sex abuse scandal by assembling a panel of experts to advise the Holy See on protecting children from pedophiles and helping abuse victims heal.
Pope Francis has appointed Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and eight other priests from around the globe to a permanent advisory group to study reform in the Vatican bureaucracy.
Boston Archbishop Cardinal Sean O’Malley appears to be relieved he wasn’t chosen to be pope by his fellow cardinals.
Sean Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, is the happiest man on the planet today, because he’s not the new Pope.
The newly-elected Pope Francis will celebrate Mass Thursday with the cardinals who elected him, but he won’t meet with his predecessor just yet.
Pope Francis I is beginning the first day of his new life as the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected as the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
The first vote was held around 2:40 p.m. Boston time and black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney at the Vatican, signalling no pope has been chosen yet.
Vatican officials say it is possible the cardinals may decide not to vote Tuesday, but if they do, it would be late in the day.
If Roman waiters and cab drivers are any indication, Cardinal Sean has the popular vote.