Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio elected as the new Pope

Cardinal Jorge BergoglioArgentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been announced to be the new pope. Bergoglio is the first Latin American pope, as well as the first non-European pope in more than a thousand years.

Bergoglio has chosen the name Pope Francis; he’s also the first pope to use the name Francis.

After announcing “Habemus Papum” — “We have a pope!” — a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name. Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict XVI — who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.

The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.

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