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Nuns wait for the chimney smoke in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn't elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The black smoke indicates that the new pope has not been elected yet. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Is Pope Francis an exorcist?
In this image taken from video, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his final message to the assembly of cardinals at the Vatican Thursday Feb. 28, 2013, before he retires in just a few hours. Benedict urged the cardinals to work in unity and promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in a poignant and powerful farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Vatican TV)
Harley Davidson motorcycles riders park their motorcycles in Via della Conciliazione leading to the Vatican, seen at left, as they wait for Pope Francis to drive by to bless them ahead of mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 16, 2013. The riders are gathered in Rome for a four-day event to celebrate the motorcycle company's 110th anniversary. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer's 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.
SARASOTA - Here on the Suncoast, many Catholics are celebrating the election of Pope Francis.
VENICE, Fla. - The heavy wooden door to the Sistine Chapel has been closed and locked, signaling the start of the conclave to elect a new pope.
VENICE - Monday's news of the Pope’s resignation came as a surprise to many Catholics on the Suncoast.
Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican June 3. The pope, who is living at the Vatican guesthouse, celebrates weekday morning Mass in the chapel. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) (June 4, 2013) See VATICAN LETTER May 31, 2013, and POPE-HYPOCRISY June 4, 2013.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis lamented that a "gay lobby" was at work at the Vatican in private remarks to the leadership of a key Latin American church group — a stunning acknowledgment that appears to confirm earlier reports about corruption and dysfunction in the Holy See.
Members of St. Jude Catholic Church call the selection of Pope Francis I, "A wonderful surprise."