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READY OR NOT, HERE GOES Francis Embarks on First Day Pope Francis on the altar inside St. Mary Major Basilica. (L'Osservatore Romano, via AP)

Francis Embarks on First Day

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.

March 14, 2013 6:23 AM