Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as the new leader of the Catholic church to succeed Pope Benedict who resigned last month.

White smoke billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican early on Wednesday evening signalled that the Archbishop of Bueno Aires had been elected Pope by the conclave.

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Pope Francis I greets the crowds for the first time in St Peter's Square

The news was met with roars and cheers from the huge crowd that had filled St Peter's Square since Tuesday when the cardinals began their deliberations to choose their new leader. Reports on Twitter talked of motorists abandoning their cars and racing to join the crowds.

The breakthrough came after the second vote on the second day of the gathering of the cardinals in Rome.

Seventy-six-year-old Bergoglio will be known as Francis I and is the first Pope to be chosen from outside Europe for more than a millennium.

He came second in the conclave which chose Pope Benedict XVI, who retired last month.

Although it was clear the Catholic church had chosen a new leader, the name of the new Pope was not revealed until 7.12pm UK time when Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Couincil, appeared on the balcony of the Vatican to announce to the thousands below that the church had '"an Argentinian Pope".

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Huge crowds waited for the new Pope to be revealed

Ten minutes later, Pope Francis appeared to huge acclaim and thanked the crowds for their "warm reception".

He then thanked his predecessor before leading the crowd in the Lord's Prayer. He also asked them to pray for him.

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The conclave of 115 cardinals to choose a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics was prompted by the dramatic resignation of Pope Benedict last month.

His resignation threw the church into turmoil and exposed deep divisions among cardinals tasked with finding a manager to clean up a Vatican bureaucracy embroiled in recent scandals.


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The new pope, the 266th, will be tasked with reviving Catholicism in a time of growing secularism.

Elected on the fifth ballot, Pope Francis was chosen in one of the fastest conclaves in years, something of a surprise given there was no clear front-runner going into the vote. The winner had to receive 77 votes, or two-thirds of the 115, to be elected.

Prime minister David Cameron reacted to the news on Twiter, describing it as "a momentous day":


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PM: A momentous day for the 1.2bn Catholics around the world as His Holiness Pope Francis I is appointed the 266th Bishop of Rome.

The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, expressed his surprise over the cardinals' choice. Talking to Sky News, the leader of Britain's catholics said Pope Francis' election was also "very, very exciting".

"I look forward to his leadership," he added.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the former head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, said the new Pope was an "inspired" choice.

"He is a humble, gentle and very intelligent and spiritual man," he told Channel 4 News.

"I think that Pope Francis is going to be a blessing for the Catholic Church and for the world. Many will think it is a surprise choice, for me it is an inspired choice."

He told the BBC: "I think he will bring a new kind of style to the Catholic Church. Here is a man who has experienced over many years, especially in his own country but also elsewhere, something of the love for poor people.

"His own simplicity of life, I think, will be a great example to people. For many people this may be a surprise election but for me it is inspired and I am very very happy, not only for the Catholic Church, but for the world."

Kevin Flaherty, editor of The Catholic Times, said: "Cardinal Bergoglio has had a growing reputation as a very spiritual man with a talent for pastoral leadership serving in a region with the largest number of the world's Catholics.

"Since 1998, he has been the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, but he remains close to the people.

"He travels by bus, visits the poor, lives simply and even cooks his own meals.

"In choosing the name Francis - after St Francis of Assisi - 'Fr Jorge', as the people still call him, obviously wants to continue to live simply and humbly.

"As a man of prayer both qualities will bring a different style of leadership to the papacy, and inject a much-needed spirituality to the Catholic Church in the modern world."

The Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev Dr Barry Morgan, said: "We welcome and assure Pope Francis of our prayers and our best wishes for his future ministry.

"We hope he will bring an ecumenical perspective to the role, a desire to work with Christians of all traditions and a goodwill to people of all faiths."

His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom said: "I express my heartfelt joy shared with our Catholic brethren around the world on the appointment of Pope Francis.

"We pray God's joy and blessing upon our sister Catholic Church as it embraces its new father and shepherd, and we also pray for His Holiness as he commences this sacred ministry, strengthened and overshadowed by the grace of God."


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  • In this image made from video provided by CTV, Pope Francis, center left, celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals, inside the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 14, 2013. As the 266th pope, Francis inherits a Catholic church in turmoil, beset by the clerical sex abuse scandal, internal divisions and dwindling numbers in parts of the world where Christianity had been strong for centuries. (AP Photo/CTV)

  • In this image made from video provided by CTV, Pope Francis, center, celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals, inside the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 14, 2013. As the 266th pope, Francis inherits a Catholic church in turmoil, beset by the clerical sex abuse scandal, internal divisions and dwindling numbers in parts of the world where Christianity had been strong for centuries. (AP Photo/CTV)

  • In this image made from video provided by CTV, Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals inside the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 14, 2013. As the 266th pope, Francis inherits a Catholic church in turmoil, beset by the clerical sex abuse scandal, internal divisions and dwindling numbers in parts of the world where Christianity had been strong for centuries. (AP Photo/CTV)

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    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis prays inside St. Mary Major Basilica, in Rome, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Pope Francis opened his first morning as pontiff by praying Thursday at Rome's main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a day after cardinals elected him the first pope from the Americas in a bid to revive a Catholic Church in crisis and give it a preacher with a humble touch. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • CORRECTS YEAR TO 2013 - In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis kneels in prayer in front of the icon of the Virgin Mary inside St. Mary Major Basilica, in Rome, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Pope Francis opened his first morning as pontiff by praying Thursday at Rome's main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a day after cardinals elected him the first pope from the Americas in a bid to revive a Catholic Church in crisis and give it a preacher with a humble touch. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis,center, flanked at left by Cardinal Agostino Vallino, and at right by Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, walks inside St. Mary Major Basilica, in Rome, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Pope Francis opened his first morning as pontiff by praying Thursday at Rome's main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a day after cardinals elected him the first pope from the Americas in a bid to revive a Catholic Church in crisis and give it a preacher with a humble touch. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis puts flowers on the altar inside St. Mary Major Basilica, in Rome, Thursday, March 14, 2014. Pope Francis opened his first morning as pontiff by praying Thursday at Rome's main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a day after cardinals elected him the first pope from the Americas in a bid to revive a Catholic Church in crisis and give it a preacher with a humble touch. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis

    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis looks at the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Francis puts on his sash from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Francis blesses the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Pope Francis watches the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Women react after hearing on the speakers at the Metropolitan Cathedral that Buenos Aires' Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was chosen as Pope in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Bergoglio is the first pope ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Pope Francis puts on his sash from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • People react as Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis

    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis waves the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis

    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis

    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, center in white, talks to the crowd, flanked by cardinals including Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, right, Giovanni Battista Re, second from right, and Agostino Vallini, second from left, from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • Pope Francis and cardinals pray from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis was named Wednesday the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • A nun reacts after white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

  • Faithful gather in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who took the name of Pope Francis, was elected on Wednesday the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Francis puts on his sash from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Cleric watch as Pope Francis speaks to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • A Swiss guard salutes in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope Wednesday and chose the papal name Francis, becoming first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Cardinals wait for newly elected Pope Francis to speak from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Visitors take photos of Pope Francis as he speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • A noon reacts after white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

  • Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Cardinals watch as Pope Francis speaks to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Pope Francis speak to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Visitors take photos of Pope Francis as he speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • A faithful prays at the Toledo's Cathedral, where Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer worked as a priest in Toledo, Brazil, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. Scherer was considered a likely contender to be named pope. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Francis blesses the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, shortly after being elected pope. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio

    FILE - This Aug. 7, 2009 file photo shows Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio giving a mass outside the San Cayetano church in Buenos Aires. Bergoglio, who took the name of Pope Francis, was elected on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, files)

  • FILE - This April 4, 2005 file photo shows Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, celebrating a Mass in honor of Pope John Paul II at the Buenos Aires Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio, who took the name of Pope Francis, was elected on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file) **EFE OUT**

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio

    FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, leads a Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Bergoglio was elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio

    This Aug. 7, 2009 file photo shows Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, right, giving a mass outside San Cayetano church in Buenos Aires. Bergoglio, who took the name of Pope Francis, was elected on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, files)

  • Benedict XVI, Jorge Mario Bergoglio

    FILE - This Jan. 13, 2007 file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, then Pope Benedict XVI, left, shakes hands with the archbishop of Buenos Aires Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio during their meeting at the Vatican, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. Bergoglio, who took the name of Pope Francis, was elected on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho, files)

  • Cardinal Bergoglio Realizes A Mass At Constituicion Train Station

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - JULY 14: The Cardinal Bergoglio speaks during a mass against trafficking at the Contituicion train station on July 12, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gustavo A. Munoz/LatinContent/Getty Images)

  • Cardinal Bergoglio Realizes A Mass At Constituicion Train Station

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - JULY 14: The Cardinal Bergoglio speaks during a mass against trafficking at the Contituicion train station on July 12, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gustavo A. Munoz/LatinContent/Getty Images)

  • Former President Nestor Kirchner Dies In Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 27: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio prays a mass in honor of the ex-President Nestor Carlos Kirchner on October 27, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nestor Kirchner, who handed the current presidency to his wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, died of a heart attack this Wednesday, October 27, 2010, in El Calafate, southern Argentina. He was 60. (Photo by Valentin Ochoa/LatinContent/Getty Images)

  • Former President Nestor Kirchner Dies In Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 27: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio prays a mass in honor of the ex-President Nestor Carlos Kirchner on October 27, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nestor Kirchner, who handed the current presidency to his wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, died of a heart attack this Wednesday, October 27, 2010, in El Calafate, southern Argentina. He was 60. (Photo by Valentin Ochoa/LatinContent/Getty Images)

  • Former President Nestor Kirchner Dies In Argentina

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  • Cardinal Bergoglio Realizes A Mass At Constituicion Train Station

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - JULY 14: The Cardinal Bergoglio speaks during a mass against trafficking at the Contituicion train station on July 12, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gustavo A. Munoz/LatinContent/Getty Images)

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    Puppets representing Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez (R) and Argentine archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio are moved by demonstrators who gather in front of the Congress building in Buenos Aires, on June 28, 2010, in support of a law project for the gay marriage in Argentina. AFP PHOTO / Maxi Failla (Photo credit should read Maxi Failla/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Argentine primate Cardinal Jorge Bergogl

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  • Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio offic

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio officiates a holy mass for the eternal rest of Pope John Paul II 04 April, 2005 at Buenos Aires' cathedral. Speculation rose as to whether the next pope will come from Latin America, where nearly half of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics live. Latin American candidates to are Cardinal Bergoglio, 68, of Argentina, Cardinal Dario Castrillon, 75, of Colombia, and Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, 62, of Honduras. AFP PHOTO ALI BURAFI (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Argentina's cardinal Jorge Mario Bergogl

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  • Argentina's cardinal Jorge Mario Bergogl

    VATICAN CITY, Vatican: Argentina's cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends the special 'pro eligendo summo pontifice ' (to elect Supreme Pontiff) mass presided over by German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City 18 April 2005. Roman Catholic cardinals began a special mass Monday to invoke God's guidance before they convene in secret later in the day to elect a successor pope to John Paul II. AFP PHOTO MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY STATE: Undated picture made in Vatican City of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Beroglio, 68, is one of the four possible candidates from Latin America to succeed to Pope John Paul II. AFP PHOTO/FILES/L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Argentine primate Cardinal Jorge Bergogl

    Argentine primate Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio delivers his homily at the church of San Cayetano (St.Cajetan) in Buenos Aires on August 7, 2009. A crowd of Catholic faithful called for bread and work on a pilgrimage to the sanctuary of San Cayetano, after which Pope Benedict XVI urged Argentines to strive to 'reduce the scandal of poverty' in a global food producer. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY STATE: Undated picture made in Vatican City of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 69-year old Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Beroglio is an Argentinian intellectual Jesuit who is considered as a conservative on doctrinal and spiritual matters. AFP PHOTO/L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio offic

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio officiates a holy mass for the eternal rest of Pope John Paul II 04 April, 2005 at Buenos Aires' cathedral. Speculation rose as to whether the next pope will come from Latin America, where nearly half of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics live. Latin American candidates to are Cardinal Bergoglio, 68, of Argentina, Cardinal Dario Castrillon, 75, of Colombia, and Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, 62, of Honduras. AFP PHOTO ALI BURAFI (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio offic

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio officiates a holy mass for the eternal rest of Pope John Paul II 04 April, 2005 at Buenos Aires' cathedral. Speculation rose as to whether the next pope will come from Latin America, where nearly half of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics live. Latin American candidates to are Cardinal Bergoglio, 68, of Argentina, Cardinal Dario Castrillon, 75, of Colombia, and Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, 62, of Honduras. AFP PHOTO ALI BURAFI (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Italian cardinal Severino Poletto (R), P

    VATICAN CITY, Vatican: Italian cardinal Severino Poletto (R), Portuguese Jose da Cruz Policarpo (C) and Argentina's cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio attend the special 'pro eligendo summo pontifice ' (to elect Supreme Pontiff) mass presided over by German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City 18 April 2005. Roman Catholic cardinals began a special mass Monday to invoke God's guidance before they convene in secret later in the day to elect a successor pope to John Paul II. AFP PHOTO MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio takes

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio takes part in a holy mass for the eternal rest of Pope John Paul II 04 April, 2005 at Buenos Aires' cathedral. Speculation rose as to whether the next pope will come from Latin America, where nearly half of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics live. Latin American candidates to are Cardinal Bergoglio, 68, of Argentina, Cardinal Dario Castrillon, 75, of Colombia, and Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, 62, of Honduras. AFP PHOTO ALI BURAFI (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Former President Nestor Kirchner Dies In Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 27: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio prays a mass in honor of the ex-President Nestor Carlos Kirchner on October 27, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nestor Kirchner, who handed the current presidency to his wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, died of a heart attack this Wednesday, October 27, 2010, in El Calafate, southern Argentina. He was 60. (Photo by Valentin Ochoa/LatinContent/Getty Images)

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    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio celebrates a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio (R) draws the cross on the forehead of a believer during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio (L) celebrates a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (C) officiates a holy mass for the eternal rest of Pope John Paul II 04 April, 2005 at Buenos Aires' cathedral. Speculation rose as to whether the next pope will come from Latin America, where nearly half of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics live. Latin American candidates to are Cardinal Bergoglio, 68, of Argentina, Cardinal Dario Castrillon, 75, of Colombia, and Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, 62, of Honduras. AFP PHOTO ALI BURAFI (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ARGENTINA-ASH WEDNESDAY-BERGOGLIO

    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ARGENTINA-ASH WEDNESDAY-BERGOGLIO

    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Former President Nestor Kirchner Dies In Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 27: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio prays a mass in honor of the ex-President Nestor Carlos Kirchner on October 27, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nestor Kirchner, who handed the current presidency to his wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, died of a heart attack this Wednesday, October 27, 2010, in El Calafate, southern Argentina. He was 60. (Photo by Valentin Ochoa/LatinContent/Getty Images)

  • ARGENTINA-ASH WEDNESDAY-BERGOGLIO

    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio speaks during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ARGENTINA-ASH WEDNESDAY-BERGOGLIO

    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio adjusts his mitre during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Former President Nestor Kirchner Dies In Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 27: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio prays a mass in honor of the ex-President Nestor Carlos Kirchner on October 27, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nestor Kirchner, who handed the current presidency to his wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, died of a heart attack this Wednesday, October 27, 2010, in El Calafate, southern Argentina. He was 60. (Photo by Valentin Ochoa/LatinContent/Getty Images)

  • Former President Nestor Kirchner Dies In Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 27: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio prays a mass in honor of the ex-President Nestor Carlos Kirchner on October 27, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nestor Kirchner, who handed the current presidency to his wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, died of a heart attack this Wednesday, October 27, 2010, in El Calafate, southern Argentina. He was 60. (Photo by Valentin Ochoa/LatinContent/Getty Images)

  • Former President Nestor Kirchner Dies In Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 27: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio prays a mass in honor of the ex-President Nestor Carlos Kirchner on October 27, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nestor Kirchner, who handed the current presidency to his wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, died of a heart attack this Wednesday, October 27, 2010, in El Calafate, southern Argentina. He was 60. (Photo by Valentin Ochoa/LatinContent/Getty Images)

  • ARGENTINA-ASH WEDNESDAY-BERGOGLIO

    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio celebrates a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ARGENTINA-ASH WEDNESDAY-BERGOGLIO

    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio speaks during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Former President Nestor Kirchner Dies In Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 27: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio prays a mass in honor of the ex-President Nestor Carlos Kirchner on October 27, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nestor Kirchner, who handed the current presidency to his wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, died of a heart attack this Wednesday, October 27, 2010, in El Calafate, southern Argentina. He was 60. (Photo by Valentin Ochoa/LatinContent/Getty Images)

  • This undated photo shows Jorge Bergoglio, archbish

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: This undated photo shows Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio was appointed a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II, one of ten new Cardinals named in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ARGENTINA-ASH WEDNESDAY-BERGOGLIO

    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio speaks during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY STATE: (ARCHIVO) Fotografia tomada el 17 de octubre de 2003 del cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. AFP PHOTO/Patrick HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio speaks during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This undated photo shows Jorge Bergoglio, archbish

    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: This undated photo shows Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio was appointed a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II, one of ten new Cardinals named in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ARGENTINA-ASH WEDNESDAY-BERGOGLIO

    Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio speaks during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. AFP PHOTO/JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Cardinal Mario Jorge Bergoglio of Argent

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY STATE: Cardinal Mario Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina takes a pause during a press conference at the Vatican, 17 October 2003. Cardinals from around the world descended on the Vatican for the biggest gathering of the Catholic Church hierarchy in years for several days of celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's election. AFP PHOTO/Patrick HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Cardinal Mario Jorge Bergoglio of Argent

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY STATE: Cardinal Mario Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina smiles during a news conference at the Vatican, 17 October 2003. Cardinals from around the world descended on the Vatican for the biggest gathering of the Catholic Church hierarchy in years for several days of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's election. AFP PHOTO/Patrick HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Francis

    In this undated picture released by journalist Sergio Rubin, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, second from left in back row, poses for a picture with his family in an unknown location. Bergoglio, who took the name of Pope Francis, was elected on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Top row from left to right, his brother Alberto Horacio, Bergoglio, his brother Oscar Adrian and his sister Marta Regina. Bottom row from left to right, his sister Maria Elena, his mother Regina Maria Sivori and his father Mario Jose Bergoglio. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sergio Rubin, ho)

  • The Conclave Of Cardinals Have Elected A New Pope To Lead The World's Catholics

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    New Pope, Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio appears at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE,FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)


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HuffPost's Amanda Chan reports:

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was elected to be Pope Francis today (March 13), only has one lung, according to news reports.

The 76-year-old from Buenos Aires had to have his other lung removed when he was a teenager because of an infection, the Associated Press reported.

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Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina's conservative Catholic church.

Known until Wednesday as Jorge Bergoglio, the 76-year-old is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires cardinals enjoyed. He came close to becoming pope last time, reportedly gaining the second-highest vote total in several rounds of voting before he bowed out of the running in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

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I join my brother Cardinals in giving thanks to God for the election of Pope Francis I, the 266th successor of St. Peter and Vicar of Christ. The clergy, religious and laity of the Archdiocese of Boston celebrate this blessing for the Church.

At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus commissioned St. Peter the rock upon which the Church would be built. Pope Francis continues that mission in an increasingly secular culture, where many people have not come to know or have forgotten that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. The world will greatly benefit from Pope Francis witnessing Jesus’ call for us to love God and love one another. We pledge our faithful support for the Holy Father as he leads the Church in proclaiming the New Evangelization, inviting all people to a develop a closer relationship with Christ and to share that gift with others.

May God grant Pope Francis the grace and strength to lead the worldwide community of more than one billion Catholics. The Holy Father has already shown us his deep humility in the invitation to pray with him, for him and for the Church. We pray that the Holy Spirit, who led us to choose the Holy Father, will guide him in witnessing the eternal truths of our faith.

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Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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@ RachelDonadio : Installation Mass for new pope will be Tuesday, March 19 at 9 a.m.

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On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy. As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years—that in each other we see the face of God. As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day. Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI, I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith. We join with people around the world in offering our prayers for the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church in our modern world.

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@ Pontifex : HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM

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@ HuffPostRelig : Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's new name is Francis I. He is 76 years old, and is the first Jesuit pope. #habemuspapam

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@ HuffPostRelig : Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina has been announced as the new pope #habemuspapam

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@ jaweedkaleem : churches are already planning thanksgiving masses for the new election -- philly archdiocese will have one tonight #conclave

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@ nickbilton : The @Pontifex Twitter account has already been updated to note it is not empty. No name yet, though.

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At 2.05 p.m. EDT we have white smoke from the Sistine Chapel. More here.

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