Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected as New Pope will be called as Francis I
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected as New Pope leader Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, and said he would take the name Francis I.
Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just over an hour after white smoke poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel to signal he had been chosen to lead Roman Catholics.
The secret conclave began on Tuesday night with a first ballot and four ballots were held on Wednesday. Francis obtained the required two-thirds majority in the fifth ballot.
Francis becomes the 266th pontiff in the Church's 2,000-year history
He is the first Jesuit to become pope.
The choice of Bergoglio was announced by French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran with the Latin words
"Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus Papam"
"I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope"
The new pope and his first tweet
His first tweet: "HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM," which translates to: "We have Pope Francis."
The message on Twitter came within 30 minutes or so of Pope Francis I being named.
He was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires in 1936, his father an Italian railway worker. He was elevated to cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.
Francis has only one lung, the other removed because of an infection when he was a teenager.
Francis earned a degree in chemistry and was ordained a priest in December 1969.
He was named archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998.
Pope Francis I, the first man in the modern era from outside Europe to lead the Roman Catholic Church.
In the first act of his papacy, he chose the name Francis — and becomes the namesake of St. Francis of Assisi, who gave up his riches and chose a life of poverty and prayer.
He is a member of the Society of Jesus; a Catholic order founded in the 16th century by St. Ignatius Loyola whose members, known as Jesuits, take a vow of poverty and are known for their work among the poor and their scholarship.
As archbishop, he had the option to live in a palace but chose a simple apartment
He gave up a limousine for the bus, and cooks his own meals.
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