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Pope Francis I: Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the New Pope

Pope Francis I
Photograph: Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

VATICAN CITY: An hour after a white smoke billowed from the chimney at 7:07 pm on the second day of behind-closed-doors voting, a new Pope emerged from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, known as Pope Francis I is the newly elected leader of 1.2 billion Catholics and the first pope outside Europe.

The choice of the new pontiff was announced by French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran with the Latin phrase “Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus Papam!” meaning, “I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope!”

The 76-year-old Pope Francis I, is the first Jesuit to become a pope and 266th pontiff in Catholic Church’s 2,000-year history.

His first act on Thursday will be to visit his predecessor, Pope Benedict also known as the Pope Emeritus after the former pontiff resigned due to health problems, says Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

The unveiling of the new pope was moment of pure joy for the 100,000 pilgrims, tourists and other onlookers in St. Peter’s Square. The excited crowd un-mindful of heavy rains waves different flags and cheered even more loudly when the newly elected pontiff appeared.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is also the first pontiff to take the name Francis. Bands from the Italian and armed forces and the Vatican’s guard army paraded in front of St. Peter’s Basilica before the new pope appeared.

115 Cardinal electors vote and decide on a behind-the-scenes process that took place in a secret conclave at the Sistine Chapel. The voting process should remain secret as both cardinals and close staff swore an oath of secrecy. “Viva il Papa!”

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12 Thoughts to “Pope Francis I: Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the New Pope”

  1. I like the new Pope since he really lives a simple and practical life.

  2. Pope Francis is a very simple yet charismatic cardinal who truly deserves the holy throne of being the pope of this new digital world. I’m sure he will be a proactive one.

  3. It is nice to have a new pope in Roman Catholic. This will be a new hope to all Catholic, not only Roman Catholic but also to all Christian as well.

  4. Definitely glad to have a new Pope and this time an Italian one.

  5. The new Pope packs charisma, a trait most Catholics embrace.

  6. I am one of the Catholic faithfuls who have much hope that our new Pope will steer the flock to the right path especially with the extraordinary humility he has shown.

  7. Its nice to know that the Catholics already have a new leader to continue spreading the good news and to guide everyone to be a better person…

  8. i hope that this will be a new era of christian preservation, correcting the old habits and be an open minded as possible.

  9. Jam

    you know what? i actually do not know the reason behind of changing names of Pope. I really should have a lot of things to know.. and it is a duty of mine as a Catholic. A jesuit pope, congrats to all of us,. there will always be a first time 🙂

  10. Gab

    Hoping pope francis can give a lot of reforms on the catholic religion.

  11. Congratulations to the new Pope! May He be guided by the Holy Spirit as he represents Christ here on earth.

  12. Hope maraming maging magandang pagbabago sa pamumuno ni Pope Francis.

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