Papal Election

Inaugural Mass for Pope Francis

5:35 AM, Mar 19, 2013

Pope Francis was officially inaugurated as the 266th occupant of the Throne of St. Peter Tuesday in front of the biggest crowd yet to see the new pope, who was elected six days ago.

St. Louisan studying in Rome will participate in pope's inaugural mass

7:08 PM, Mar 18, 2013

An estimated 1 million people are expected to attend the inaugural mass, packing St. Peter's Square and spilling into the streets of Rome. Among them, several St. Louisans.

Pope Francis shown in photo paying hotel bill

4:08 PM, Mar 15, 2013

Pope Francis is likely to make his next public appearance on Sunday at Saint Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis stumbles, nearly falls in meeting with cardinals

9:31 AM, Mar 15, 2013

After the pomp and activities surrounding his election as pontiff, Pope Francis may get his first quiet day Friday when he meets with familiar faces -- all the cardinals.

Cardinal Dolan speaks with NewsChannel 5's Mike Bush

9:36 PM, Mar 14, 2013

St. Louis native Cardinal Timothy Dolan was among those attending Pope Francis' first mass on Thursday.

Local seminarians reflect on election of Pope Francis

5:02 PM, Mar 14, 2013

Our very own Mike Bush was in Rome Thursday for Pope Francis' first full day.

U.S. Catholics hopeful, but wary, of new Pope Francis

10:29 AM, Mar 14, 2013

Pope Francis' significance for the U.S. church is a mixed picture. His choice drew praise, caution and one critic who called him a caretaker for a church unable to change.

Pope picks up his luggage, pays his bill

8:54 AM, Mar 14, 2013

On his first full day as pontiff, Pope Francis is displaying his well-known humility.

Dolan says Pope Francis has great track record

8:03 AM, Mar 14, 2013

St. Louis native Cardinal Timothy Dolan believes Pope Francis has a great track record to lead the Catholic church.

Pope Francis continues to make history

5:43 AM, Mar 14, 2013

It's a new day in Rome and a new era for the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis prays at Rome basilica in 1st outing

2:58 AM, Mar 14, 2013

Pope Francis opened his first morning as pontiff by praying

Cardinal Dolan's mother reacts to new Pope

10:59 PM, Mar 13, 2013

While there may have been some disappointment locally that St. Louis native Timothy Cardinal Dolan wasn't elected to the Papacy, his mother had a very different reaction.

Argentinean family in St. Charles excited about Pope Francis

9:45 PM, Mar 13, 2013

Hector and Stella Aberastury can't believe their countryman was elected Pope.

Latino community full of pride after election of first Latino pope

9:38 PM, Mar 13, 2013

None may be happier about the selection of Pope Francis than a parish in south city.

Mike Bush talks about what it was like to be in Vatican City for papal election

9:36 PM, Mar 13, 2013

Millions of people around the world watched as white smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Wednesday.

Cardinal Dolan reacts to Pope Francis' election

9:27 PM, Mar 13, 2013

We're hearing from Cardinal Timothy Dolan for the first time since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope.

'Electing the Pope' - Special coverage of the papal election

8:06 PM, Mar 13, 2013

On the second day of conclave a new pope was elected, replacing Pope Benedict XVI who stepped down as the head of the Catholic Church at the end of February.

Why Francis? Pope's name honors patron saint of the poor

7:39 PM, Mar 13, 2013

Pope Francis chose a name that reflects St. Francis of Assisi's humble ministry – and his own.

Best photos from Vatican City - PHOTOS

7:04 PM, Mar 13, 2013

The best photos from Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13 from Vatican City. Photos courtesy of Getty Images.

Local priests talks about what Pope Francis can expect

6:26 PM, Mar 13, 2013

We wanted to shed new light on the election of Pope Francis, so we brought Fr. Chris Collins from Saint Louis University and Fr. R.B. Hezun on NewsChannel 5 at 5 p.m.

Archbishop Carlson reacts to papal election

6:20 PM, Mar 13, 2013

NewsChannel 5's Farrah Fazal was with Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis when he heard the news at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury.

Cardinal Dolan's former parish disappointed he wasn't elected

6:18 PM, Mar 13, 2013

The parishioners at Little Flower Catholic Church were watching very closely, hoping Cardinal Timothy Dolan might walk out onto the balcony Wednesday.

Kennedy Catholic High School students were rooting for Dolan

6:14 PM, Mar 13, 2013

As white smoke came out of the chimney at the Sistine Chapel, classes came to a halt for students at Catholic schools across the area, including Kennedy Catholic High School in west St. Louis County.

How will Pope Francis lead?

5:22 PM, Mar 13, 2013

In an age of tweets, status updates and technological solitude, perhaps it's telling that the one thing that can truly make the world stop and come together is something as old as civilization: fire and a stream of white smoke.

Cardinal Dolan: Pope Francis to visit predecessor

5:16 PM, Mar 13, 2013

A prominent American cardinal has said newly elected Pope Francis will visit his predecessor Benedict XVI on Thursday at the papal retreat in Castel Gandolfo south of Rome.

Local Catholic school has connection to previous pope

5:05 PM, Mar 13, 2013

The election of a new pope is the talk of St. Louis Catholic schools, including Cardinal Ritter High School.

Local reverend talks about significance of the papal election

5:00 PM, Mar 13, 2013

There's so much to learn about Pope Francis. He's a Jesuit and was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Cardinal Dolan's brother reacts to the announcement of Pope Francis

4:27 PM, Mar 13, 2013

There's no bigger story right now than the election of Pope Francis.

Joyous crowd in St. Peter's Square greets new pope

4:20 PM, Mar 13, 2013

Throngs jamming St. Peter's Square roared with joy as Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, was selected as the new pope and leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Facts about Pope Francis

4:03 PM, Mar 13, 2013

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 76-year-old cardinal and archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina was named Benedict XVI's successor on Wednesday.