POPE FAIL: Habemus Scola!

The Italian bishops conference sent out a press release congratulating Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola on becoming pope — only Scola didn’t win, as expected. Mamma mia!

Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio greets Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Dec. 19, 2007).  Photo courtesy the office of the President of Argentina via Wikimedia Commons (http://bit.ly/16sw2YG)

Jews worldwide see an ally in Pope Francis

(RNS) Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday (March 13), and pointed in particular to his sympathetic and strong reaction to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in his native Argentina — the deadliest bombing in the country’s history.

Cardinal Sean P.  O’Malley celebrates Sunday Mass at the Pontifical North American College March 3, 2013. RNS photo by Gregory L. Tracy/The Pilot.

Habemus Papam: Idiot’s Guide to Latin

The new pope’s first name is actually announced in Latin (this is the Vatican, after all), so if you want to be fully prepped, our friends at Catholic News Service have prepared a list of all the cardinals’ names in Latin.

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What Muslims want in a new pope

(RNS) The selection of the 266th pope comes at a critical juncture in Muslim-Catholic relations, which have been marred by persecution of Christians in the Muslim world, Islamophobia in Western countries and rioting between Muslims and Christians across Africa.