March 14 - The selection of Pope Francis I leads newscasts around the world, including in the United States and Europe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) The selection of Pope Francis I led newscasts around the world, including in the United States and Europe on Wednesday (March 13). Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday (March 13), taking the name Francis I and becoming the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years. CBS and PBS both led with footage of the thousands of people celebrating in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, as well as the announcement of the new Pope on the Vatican balcony. German, Spanish, French and Polish channels were also among world-wide broadcasters to have the papal succession high on their news agendas. The new Pontiff is known as a humble man who leads an austere and sober life without ostentation, travelling by public transport and living in a small apartment outside Buenos Aires. Francis becomes the 266th pontiff in the Church's 2,000-year history at a time of great crisis and difficulty. Although a conservative, he is seen as a reformer and was not among the small group of frontrunners identified before the election. The Jesuit order to which he belongs was founded in the 16th century to serve the pope. It is best known for its work in education and the intellectual prowess of its members.