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March 13, 2013: The cardinals of the Catholic Church gathered
to elect a successor to a living Pope for the first time in 600 years.
From the shocking decision by Pope Benedict XVI to retire, to the introduction of Pope Francis, from the back streets of Buenos Aires to the front row at St. Peter’s Square, reporters from The Wall Street Journal have chronicled these dramatic weeks in the life of the oldest institution in the world.
Now, in a new e-book, Journal reporters will present a detailed, timely and original biography of the new Pope Francis, as well as new insight on the bargaining and drama that surrounded his rise. Pope Francis will present the full, in-depth story of the church’s change in direction and the man charged with leading it, and consider how Pope Francis might address the years of scandal and shortcomings while leading Catholics worldwide toward a deeper faith.
The reporters of The Wall Street Journal present the full story behind the election of
and what it means for the future of the Catholic Church.