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During a baptism ceremony in the Sistine chapel, Pope Francis told mothers they should not be shy about breastfeeding their babies in public.
Pope Francis paid his hotel bill and thanked the staff this morning, just one of many signs that he wants a simpler lifestyle than his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.
The election of Francis is being interpreted as a victory for reform-minded cardinals, and may herald sweeping changes for the scandal-beset Catholic Church.
The first pope from Latin America has highlighted in recent years the region's yawning gap between rich and poor.
The selection of Jorge Bergoglio, a Jesuit from Argentina, to be the next head of the Catholic Church electrified Rome.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic church. Pope Francis is the first Latin American and Jesuit pope.
Cardinals in Rome remain locked in deliberations to determine the next leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
Black smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel for the third time Wednesday. Cardinals voted twice Wednesday morning and two more votes are expected in the afternoon.
The cardinals took their first vote today for a new pope, but black smoke billowing above the Vatican's Sistine Chapel signaled the cardinals have not yet reached a majority.