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Who is the New Pope? Bergoglio (now Francis I) of Argentina

March 13, 2013
Pope Francis

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images, via NY Times

The cardinals today selected a new pope. From the New York Times:

With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday — choosing the cardinal from Argentina, the first South American to ever lead the church.

The new pope, 76, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (pronounced Ber-GOAL-io) will be called Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. He is also the first non-European leader of the church in more than 1,000 years.

Read more here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cbeau permalink
    March 14, 2013 12:38 am

    I predict a Latin-American revival of Catholicism is in the making with so many changes; the death of a political leader and the rise of a Latin-American Pope.

    • March 14, 2013 8:00 am

      Thanks for your comment–I was excited to see someone from Latin America chosen, too.

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