Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
March 13th, 2013
04:58 PM ET
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- The world has a new pope. White smoke billowed from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel early Wednesday evening in Rome to signal the election of cardinal Jorge Bergogolio. It came on the fifth round and second day of voting of the conclave. He will take the name Francis – the first time that name is being used by a pope. The 76-year-old Bergogolio served as archbishop of Buenos Aires, and is the first non-European elected pope in the modern era. Within an hour of his election, Bergogolio came to the Vatican balcony to speak to thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square:
"It seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen one who is from faraway.... Here I am. I would like to thank you for your embrace." FULL POST