In his first blessing from the Vatican balcony, Pope Francis spoke of the 'evangelization' of Rome, a clear sign he would carry on the 'New Evangelization' legacy of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
Residents of Buenos Aires met the papal announcement with surprise, checking smartphones in the street and asking each other if the news was true.
Catholics praised the selection of Pope Francis, saying that his roots in the Southern Hemisphere could mean more attention to issues of poverty and underdevelopment.
Pope Francis is the first Latin American pope, a prospect that fills many in the region with hopes for better representation of their concerns at the Vatican.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez was ‘this close’ to being a dictator.
Best airport named: Indianapolis International beat out airports in Ottawa and Tampa. Indianapolis also was named the top North American airport in 2010.
About two years ago, citizens in Cherán, Mexico decided to battle illegal logging and drug violence by kicking out the police and running the town according to indigenous tradition.
There have been popes from Africa before and Catholicism on the continent is currently characterized by deep social conservatism.
Washington wants to repair ties with Venezuela after President Hugo Chavez's death but has made little headway so far. Shortly before Chavez died last week, Venezuela expelled two US Air Force attaches in Caracas for alleged espionage.
Britain's commitment to keeping the islands has so far been unwavering. But the costs of keeping up the far-flung ties may change British attitudes in the future.