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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been 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.

After announcing "Habemus Papum" – "We have a pope!" – a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name. Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict XVI – who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.
The new pope, who is 76, has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.
The archbishop of Buenos Aires reportedly got the second-most votes after Joseph Ratzinger in the 2005 papal election, and he has long specialized in the kind of pastoral work that some say is an essential skill for the next pope.
In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world's Catholics, Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as the kind of self-effacing humility that fellow cardinals value highly.
Bergoglio is known for modernizing an Argentine church that had been among the most conservative in Latin America.

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  • Vog46

    I believe he has chosen the name Pope Francis.
    (he was beat by Ratzinger last time they elected a Pope).

    I hope he addresses the American dominated sexual problem forcefully. (there are others but we hear most about our own)


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  • Guest45

    Well the white smoke has shown itself. I guess that means all the evidence of any wrong doings from the last pope have been destroyed.

  • Vog46

    Will have to address is the sealed report given to Benedict (some say it caused him to resign) that indicated there was more, much more, bad behavior between priests even within the Vatican.
    Then there is the turf war in the Curia that has become so bad the Church’s business has become dysfunctional.
    One commentator mentioned the Church was at a cross roads and that may be the understatement of the year.
    I just wonder at age 76 if Francis is up to this grueling task ???? Pope John Paul II was 58 when he assumed the Papacy…….
    I hope he hits the ground running…..



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