Pope Francis' Election: New Chapter for Catholic Church

Cokie Roberts discusses Jorge Bergoglio's leadership role going forward.
1:53 | 03/13/13

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of ancient ritual. Now I turn to cokie robbets who has covered the vatican. So cokie, methodist girl from kentucky, everyone talking about the first jesuit pope, what does that mean? Americans know jesuits well. We have lots of jesuit colleges. So it's a long, american tradition. But the reason it's so stunning, the jez wits and the vatican have had huge differences over the centuries. So for the jez wits to be embraced by this institution, is quite something. So having been jesuit, meant more challenge to authority? Absolutely. Very intellectual order who is always skeptical and challenging authority. At the same time, they take an oath of obedience to the pope, but they always feel free to question it. One more thing. We were sitting watching the white smoke and the new pope. Quite a day. Quite a day. And I saw you so emotional when he said prayers, that you said were prayers straight out of your childhood. Absolutely. Any catholic child anywhere in the world knows the prayers that he chose to say in the square tonight, so that anybody in the square, could join with him and play with him. It was so inclusive, down to the littlest children. And to a kind of formality and a direct hello. Absolutely. Jesuits take a vow of poverty. Most of these nonorder priests do not. So he will be in a different situation than he's normally been in.

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