Fifteen Days in Rome: How the Pope Was Picked

Stacy Meichtry and Alessandra Galloni of The Wall Street Journal write on how dark-horse contender, Pope Francis, was elected. As the Roman Catholic Church struggled with sex abuse scandals, modernity, and deep divisions over its future, former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio grounded his message “in a call to model the modern church on the humility of its origins,” Meichtry and Galloni write. “He was telling a story of modern Catholicism that focused less on its complex inner workings and more on its outreach to those most in need.”


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