Argentine Bergoglio Elected As New Pope

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, and said he would take the name Francis I.

Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just over an hour after white smoke poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel to signal he had been chosen to lead the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

The choice of Bergoglio was announced by French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran with the Latin words "Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus Papam" ("I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope"

Francis becomes the 266th pontiff in the Church's 2,000-year history at a time of great crisis and difficulty. Although a conservative he is seen as a reformer and was not among the small group of frontrunners identified before the election.

He also went against one of the main assumptions before the election, that the new pope would be relatively young.

He is the oldest of most of the possible candidates and was barely mentioned in feverish speculation about the top contenders before the conclave.

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Nonye 2013-03-13 20:25:42
We r happy to ve u pope francis.

Chuka 2013-03-13 20:28:00
Congratulation pope Francis.

Panda 2013-03-13 21:00:06

Nj 2013-03-13 21:41:38
tnk God for d new Pope

Succeedoa.k 2013-03-13 22:47:03
Who's dat person calling d man appointed by God an illumnati..... Plz all dis pentecostals be careful wit d kind of wrong speculations u make abt d catholic ooo. We are all christians so let's share 1 love in unism with Christ.congrat 2 Pope Francis d 1!!!

Gideon 2013-03-13 22:55:59
:-) A warm congrate 2 d new *pope francis 1*

Robby 2013-03-14 02:30:28
Congrat to catholics around d world

Sexy Snow 2013-03-14 05:17:09
elm most overjoy dat we now have a new pope nd pray dat God grant him d strenght 2 work in his vineyard. nd 4 dat person talkin abt illuminati itz ur pastor nd prophet dat r illuminati.

Iheme 2013-03-14 05:34:58
Tank God ooo. Finally we dun get new pope. I kw dat God wil c u 2ru.

Podolski9 2013-03-14 06:27:34
Let d illuminati follow me...i hav beta offers 4 them.mtcheeew.long live D Supreme Pontiff.,PAPAL FRANCIS.

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