Before selection of Francis, Vatican-based cardinals blocked reformers' choice

  • by: DANIEL J. WAKIN , New York Times
  • Updated: March 14, 2013 - 9:29 PM

ROME – The choice of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope was so surprising that the Italian bishops sent out an e-mail congratulating the wrong man. His profile was so low that he was barely mentioned by the feverish handicappers and Vaticanologists who make their living scrutinizing the Holy See. But the Argentine emerged from the conclave a swiftly anointed Pope Francis on Wednesday evening, barely 28 hours after it began.

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