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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is new Pope

Thursday March 14, 2013 01:19:30 AM, Agencies

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White smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney in the Vatican City Wednesday announced to the world that cardinals gathered inside have elected a new Pope to head the Catholic Church, BBC   »

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Vatican City: Cardinals elected Cardinal Bergoglio as new pope to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday, overcoming deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast conclave, reported Assocated Press.
 

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as the new pope, skynews reported.

He will be the first ever non-European leader of the Catholic Church

 

The 76-year-old will be known as Pope Francis I and appeared on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica to cheers from tens of thousands of the gathered faithful.

Addressing the crowds, he acknowledged his status as the first ever non-European pope, saying he comes from the "other end of the world".
 

Pope Francis I delivered a blessing to "all men and women of good will" and called for "brotherhood" in the Church.

 

The 115 cardinals had been deliberating throughout the day to find a successor for Benedict XVI.

 

Earlier, tens of thousands of people who braved cold rain to watch the smokestack atop the Sistine Chapel jumped in joy when white smoke poured out a few minutes past 7 p.m., many shouting “Habemus Papam!” or “We have a pope!” as the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica and churches across Rome pealed.

 

While the voting for the pope is billed as secret, with each cardinal guided only by his faith in God, the process is ultimately a closed-door exercise in consensus-building that cements fidelity to the Church's new leader among the inner circle.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

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