Washington’s Archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, has returned from Rome, where he took part in the papal conclave.
Catholics in Washington attended a local Mass to celebrate the installation of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has 1.2 billion followers in the Roman Catholic Church, but he’s not following a single one of them on Facebook or Twitter.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s selection as Pope Francis has come as a welcome surprise for the Jewish community and the future of Catholic-Jewish relations.
President Barack Obama offered prayers and warm wishes Wednesday to the newly elected pope, applauding the selection of the first pope from the Americas as a sign of the region’s strength and vitality.
Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to newly elected Pope Francis’ installation in Rome.