The selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics was greeted with enthusiasm among American disciples.
The new pope — the first from the Americas — appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica within an hour after white smoke at the Vatican signaled the selection of a new pontiff following the February resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
James O'Rourke, a management professor at the University of Notre Dame, a Roman Catholic school in South Bend, Ind., said the new pope has his work cut out for him.
Bergoglio needs a strategic vision, team-building and financial skills and what O'Rourke called "charismatic empathy." The new pope, he said, "will face perhaps more challenges than any previous pope since the Reformation."
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