Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Full story: Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope, takes name Francis

Pope Francis I blesses the crowd
from the central balcony of St.
Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
March 13. Cardinal Jorge Mario
Bergoglio of Argentina was elected
the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff.
(CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)
... From Catholic News Service

By Francis X. Rocca and Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, the leader of a large urban archdiocese in Latin America, was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis.

He is the first pope in history to come from the Western Hemisphere and the first non-European to be elected in almost 1,300 years. The Jesuit was also the first member of his order to be elected pope, and the first member of any religious order to be elected in nearly two centuries.

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