Nightly News   |  March 14, 2013

Argentina’s Catholics pray for Pope Francis

The celebration of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s ascension to the highest leadership position in the Catholic Church continued Thursday both in the pews, and slums, of Buenos Aires. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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