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Argentinian cardinal becomes the first pope from Latin America ( 2013/03/15 )
A new era is underway for the Roman Catholic Church. After two days and five votes a conclave of cardinals chose an Argentinian cardinal to lead the church’s 1.2 billion followers. Jorge Bergoglio becomes the first pontiff from Latin America and the first to take the name Pope Francis.

As white smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel

and bells rang out, joy spread through St. Peter’s Square.

Jean-Louis Tauran
French Cardinal
“We have a new pope.”

On the second day of a conclave to elect the new pope, the cardinals chose Jorge Bergoglio. The 76 year old, who served as archbishop of Buenos Aires, was not considered a favorite to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. In many ways he is a pope of firsts: the first pope of the modern era not born in Europe, the first to come from the Americas and the first Jesuit. When addressing the crowd, Francis mentioned how far he had come.

Pope Francis
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