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Archbishop of Buenos Aires Elected as 266th Pope

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Argentinean cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires will take the name Pope Francis and will not become known as Pope Francis I until after a Pope Francis II has been elected.

Bergoglio is the first pope ever elected from South America. Bergoglio was ordained in December 1969 and was the Jesuit provincial for Argentina beginning in 1973, then rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel from 1980 to 1986.

After finishing his doctoral dissertation in Germany, he returned to Argentina to serve as a confessor and spiritual director in Cordoba, according to the press office of the Holy See. He was elevated to cardinal in February 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

The Pope was elected after only two days of voting and five ballots. It came as a surprise, because there was no frontrunner going into the conclave and Vatican watchers had expected another day of voting after two inconclusive votes Wednesday morning.


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White smoke is pouring out from the Sistine Chapel chimney in St. Peter's Square, signaling that a new pope will appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica within the hour before many faithful waiting to witness the first new pontiff in eight years.

According to Catholic tradition, the newly appointed Bishop of Rome is the 266th successor of St. Peter. Whoever he may be, he now changes into his papal white cassock, and one-by-one the cardinals approach him to swear their obedience.

He will stop and pray in the Pauline Chapel for a few minutes before emerging on the loggia of the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square.

Preceding him to the balcony is French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the protodeacon, who announces "Habemus Papam!" Latin for "We have a pope" and then introduces him to the world in Latin.

He then emerges and delivers his first public words as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

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