A woman in downtown San Salvador sells a newspaper with the announcement of the election of Argentina's cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope Francis on its front page.
March 14th, 2013
04:38 PM ET
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- The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope was a surprise to many Catholics around the world. The former archbishop of Buenos Aires is the first non-European pontiff in modern history. Pope Francis started his day by celebrating Mass inside the Sistine Chapel with the cardinals who elected him. One of those cardinals was American Timothy Dolan, who serves as archbishop of New York:
"All we can do is look at his track record. Okay? An amazingly simple and sincere, transparent man. A man who deeply loves the poor. A man who is theologically well-grounded in the timeless doctrine of the church. "
- The president of the United States rarely goes to Capitol Hill. But this week President Obama made the trip three days in a row. Today he wrapped up his so-called charm offensive. Republican Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho says he hopes the president's efforts are sincere, though he's skeptical:
"He is a master at the beautiful rhetoric. I want to see his actions. It's not about what he's doing today, or what he did yesterday, what he did last week with having lunch with people. It's about what policies are going to come out of this conversation."
- This week marks the second anniversary since the start of the Syrian conflict. The humanitarian organization Save the Children says more than 3 million kids have been displaced and 2 million are suffering from trauma, malnutrition or disease. The growing violence and bloodshed have led to a massive exodus. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh recently visited the Za'atari refugee camp near Syria's border with Jordan:
"It's amazing how many children there are – half of them at least are children, many of them with very little to do. There's a real sense, I think, of desperation there."
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