The Catholic Church has elected Argentine Jorge Bergoglio as its new pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.
After announcing `’Habemus Papum” – `’We have a pope!” – a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City 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 most of his career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.