Professor: New pope has been 'catapulted' into extraordinary role

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March 13, 2013, 4:18 pm
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VATICAN CITY (AP) - The new pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is 76, has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.
    
The archbishop of Buenos Aires has long specialized in the kind of pastoral work that some say is an essential skill for the next pope.
    
In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world's Catholics, Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as the kind of self-effacing humility that fellow cardinals value highly.
    
Bergoglio is known for modernizing an Argentine church that had been among the most conservative in Latin America.

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Tags: Argentina, Vatican City, Pope Francis, Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Richard Lennan
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