Professor: New Pope Has Been 'catapulted' Into Extraordinary Role

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    Boston College Theology Professor Richard Lennan talks about Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas (Published Friday, Jan 17, 2014)

    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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