Argentina’s Cardinal Bergoglio elected Pope, chooses Francis I

Newly-elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica. Photo: Getty Images
Newly-elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica. Photo: Getty Images

Argentina’s Cardinal Bergoglio has been elected pope after 5 rounds of voting.

The white smoke appeared at approximately 7.07pm local time (CET) in Rome, to a crowd of thousands waiting in St. Peters Square below.

Pope Francis I is the 266th pope in the Catholic Church’s history, first pope from the Americas, and is the first non-European pope in 1200 years since St. Gregory III (Syria)

Francis I was considered the runner-up to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s conclave in 2005.

He emerged and said his first words to the crowd. “Brothers and sisters, good evening” in Italian. Francis 1 is multi-lingual, speaking Spanish, German, Italian and English, and received a degree in Philosophy.

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