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Newsday's coverage of the new pope -- today, and through the years

Pope Paul VI in 1963; Pope John Paul

Pope Paul VI in 1963; Pope John Paul I in 1978; Pope John Paul II in 1978. (Credit: AP)

Jorge Bergoglio claimed the title of Pope Francis in Vatican City Wednesday, becoming the Church's 266th pontiff.

Newsday, which first hit the stands in 1940, has been around to cover the elections of six new popes.

Check out the paper's front pages from those historic days below.

Today's Newsday cover: 

Newsday's cover from April 20, 2005, the day after Pope Benedict was chosen:

Newsday's cover from October 16, 1978, the day after Pope John Paul II was chosen:

Newsday's cover from August 27, 1978, the day after Pope Paul I was chosen:

Newsday's cover from June 21, 1963, the day Pope Paul VI was chosen:

Newsday's cover from October 28, 1958, the day Pope John XXIII was chosen:

And for photos of many popes who reigned before Newsday's time, click here: http://bit.ly/XLR9SN

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