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.