Francis Embarks on First Day

    CORRECTS YEAR TO 2013 - In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis puts flowers on the altar inside St. Mary Major Basilica, in Rome, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Pope Francis opened his first morning as pontiff by praying Thursday at Rome's main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a day after cardinals elected him the first pope from the Americas in a bid to revive a Catholic Church in crisis and give it a preacher with a humble touch. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

    Pope Francis on the altar inside St. Mary Major Basilica. (L'Osservatore Romano, via AP)

    In a world gone to hell, thank God, a pope. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio began his tenure as Pope Francis on Thursday, embarking on a journey that many fear will be plagued with insurmountable challenges. Pope Benedict XVI left behind what many believe to be a broken church, plagued by continued sex scandals and viewed as out of touch with reality. As the first Jesuit pope elected, Francis is already making waves. But as one of the safer choices among the candidates up for pontiff, few expect him to foster major changes in the church during his term.

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