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Opinion

March 15, 2013

World's Catholics welcome new pope

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The selection of a pope is of interest not only to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. The pope is a leader of great moral influence around the globe, as John Paul II so recently demonstrated. The process of selecting a pope is a ritual of great history, dignity and beauty that one witnesses just a handful of times in a lifetime.

We join Cardinal O’Malley in wishing Francis the best as he shepherds the Church through these difficult times.

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