The new pope, Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, makes his debut at about 3:20 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.
In St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, the new leader of the Catholic church, Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, makes his first appearance. He has taken the name Francis I. He is the first Latin American pope to lead the church, as well as the first Jesuit priest.
A Catholic priest from St. Catherine of Siena Church in Horsham said he understands why Pope Benedict XVI has decided to step down.
A Horsham priest expressed support for the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, who will leave his post as the leader of the Catholic Church at the end of February. Rev. Joseph F. Rymdeika, of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Horsham, said Pope Benedict is teaching the nation's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics a "something different" than that of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who served until his death in 2005. "(Pope Benedict) said he would do this if it ever came to the point where he couldn’t fulfill his duties," Rymdeika said, adding that that was not the case with Pope John Paul II. "We saw him die a very slow, painful death." The Vatican cited “advanced age” as the reason for Benedict's resignation, which Rymdeika said is …