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New pope 2013: Jorge Bergoglio, Argentine cardinal, elected Pope Francis
By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 3/13/13 2:25 PM EDT Updated: 3/13/13 4:53 PM EDT
VATICAN CITY — Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope Wednesday and chose the papal name Francis, becoming first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio
of Argentina, appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica
after being elected by the conclave of cardinals at
the Vatican on March 13. (Photo: Reuters)
A stunned-looking Bergoglio shyly waved to the crowd of tens of thousands of people who gathered in St. Peter's Square, marveling that the cardinals had had to look to "the end of the earth" to find a bishop of Rome.
(PHOTOS: Cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope)
Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict — who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.
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.
The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.
(Also on POLITICO: Pope Francis biography and Latin America background)