Vatican elects Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis I
VATICAN CITY: Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first ever pope from the Americas in the history of the Church, taking the papal name of Francis I, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran made the announcement from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica. Bergoglio, 76, was believed to be the runner-up to Benedict XVI at the last conclave in 2005.
Pope Francis I called for “brotherhood” in the Roman Catholic Church and prayed for “pope emeritus” Benedict XVI in his first speech upon being elected pontiff.
Francis, speaking Italian with a slight Latin American accent, joked with the crowd before delivering his blessing,saying: “As you know the duty of the conclave is to give Rome a bishop. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world.”
The former Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first Latin American pope, said fellow cardinals “went to the other end of the world” to find a new pope.