UPDATE: Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 77, is the new pope of the Catholic Church.

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Published on March 13, 2013

Pope Francis flanked by Monsignor Guido Marini, master of liturgical ceremonies, waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. — Photo by The Associated Press

Published on March 13, 2013

Pope Francis fwaves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. — Photo by The Associated Press

Published on March 13, 2013

Pope Francis flanked by Monsignor Guido Marini, master of liturgical ceremonies, waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. — Photo by The Associated Press

Published on March 13, 2013

White smoke emerges from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The white smoke indicates that the new pope has been elected. — Photo by The Associated Press

Published on March 13, 2013

Crowds have gathered in St. Peter's Square to wait the announcement of a new pope. — Photo by The Associated Press

Published on March 13, 2013

Crowds have gathered in St. Peter's Square to wait the announcement of a new pope. — Photo by The Associated Press

Published on March 13, 2013

Crowds have gathered in St. Peter's Square to wait the announcement of a new pope. — Photo by The Associated Press

Published on March 13, 2013

People carry a cross in St. Peter's Square today. — Photo by The Associated Press

Pope Francis appears on the balcony over St. Peter’s Square to wild cheers from the crowd below

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 77, is the new pope of the Catholic Church.

The Argentine Cardinal becomes the first pontiff from the Americas.

He has chosen the name Pope Francis.

Pope Francis appears on the balcony over St. Peter’s Square to wild cheers from the crowd below.

Pope Francis — the first Jesuit pope — has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina.

The former Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, reportedly got the second-most votes after Joseph Ratzinger, the last pope, in the 2005 papal election. He has long specialized in the kind of pastoral work — overseeing churches and priests — that some say is an essential skill for a pope.

In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world’s Catholics, the former Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as a self-effacing humility, according to his official biographer, Sergio Rubin. His personal style is the antithesis of Vatican splendor.

Bergoglio is also known for modernizing an Argentine church that had been among the most conservative in Latin America.

The new Argentinian pope shyly waved to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square and marveled that the cardinals had had to look to “the end of the earth” to find a new pontiff.

Jorge Bergoglio asked for prayers for himself, and for retired Pope Benedict XVI, whose resignation paved the way for his election.

Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict — who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.

 

 

 

Popes of the 20th and 21st centuries

Pope Francis — March 13, 2013-

Benedict XVI — April 19, 2005-Feb. 28, 2013.

John Paul II — Oct. 16, 1978-April 2, 2005.

John Paul I — Aug. 26-Sept. 28, 1978.

Paul VI — June 21, 1963-Aug. 6, 1978.

John XXIII — Oct. 28, 1958-June 3, 1963.

Pius XII — March 2, 1939-Oct. 9, 1958.

Pius XI — Feb. 6, 1922-Feb. 10, 1939.

Benedict XV — Sept. 3, 1914-Jan. 22, 1922.

Pius X — Aug. 4, 1903-Aug. 20, 1914.

Leo XIII — Feb. 20, 1878-July 20, 1903.

 

 

 

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VATICAN CITY — The Catholic church has chosen a new pope.

White smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning 115 cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

The new pope is expected to appear on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica within an hour, after a church official announces “Habemus Papum” — “We have a pope” — and gives the name of the new pontiff in Latin.

The conclave was called after Pope Benedict XVI resigned last month, throwing the church into turmoil and exposing deep divisions among cardinals tasked with finding a manager to clean up a corrupt Vatican bureaucracy as well as a pastor who can revive Catholicism in a time of growing secularism.

Whoever he may be, the new pope now changes into his papal white cassock, and one-by-one the cardinals approach him to swear their obedience.

He will stop and pray in the Pauline Chapel for a few minutes before emerging on the loggia of the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

Preceding him to the balcony is French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the protodeacon, who announces “Habemus Papam!” Latin for “We have a pope” and then introduces him to the world in Latin.

He then emerges and delivers his first public words as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Throngs in St. Peter’s Square are chanting “Long live the pope!,” many of them with tears in their eyes.

There are at least 50,000 people in the square. Crowds went wild as the Vatican and Italian military bands marched through and up the steps of the basilica, followed by Swiss Guards in silver helmets and full regalia.

They played the introduction to the Vatican and Italian anthems and the crowd joined in, waving flags from around the country.

 

 

Organizations: Catholic church

Geographic location: VATICAN CITY

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  • Judy
    March 14, 2013 - 13:09

    Oh, Florence, me again.....don't think, though, I agree with your word "celebate" for the whole lot of them over the decades.

  • Judy
    March 14, 2013 - 13:05

    Florence, You are right on! Totally agree.

  • Leah
    March 14, 2013 - 08:49

    All the damage and scandals that have occurred over the centuries by the Catholic Church will always be vivid in peoples' minds; those who are not still brainwashed, that is. It can never be undone; what's done is done; and nothing is going to change in the future, either. Pope Francis 1 has compassion for the poor, especially in his homeland. Now he has the wealthiest Organization in the world at his disposal, so he can use some of that now to help the poor all over the world.

  • NowIsee
    March 14, 2013 - 05:50

    Good, good. I hope he rules with an iron cross. Put the fear of God back into the people. Long live our ruler!!!

  • Florence Parsons
    March 13, 2013 - 17:17

    One hundred and fifteen celebate old men picking a leader. No woman, of course, good enough to join these ranks. These monsignors were once bishops who covered up and moved from parish to parish pedophile priests and gave them access to more children to abuse. Anhyone who puts collection in the plate Sunday morning is condoning this activity. The whole organization should be disolved.

  • John
    March 13, 2013 - 15:35

    The first thing he should do is to apologize for all the abuse and pain that was inflicted on so many by the clergy, not just priests but other clergy as well. Then tackle the rest of the scandals that the church has found itself in in the past several years. Time will tell.

  • Sr Joan O'Murchu
    March 13, 2013 - 15:06

    I hope it is someone who will reign in the liberal fraction of the church causing divisions in the pews and confusing people with new age type false teaching, like the crowd at The Lantern in St. John's and their buddies.

  • Frank
    March 13, 2013 - 15:03

    I'm glad I gave up believing in this fairy tale a long time ago. Silly men in silly robes!

    • Danny
      March 14, 2013 - 02:42

      Honey boo boo is also taking up many countries airwaves...sad reflection of ppl's desire to watch pretty much any garbage .I wish all well in having a job in show business but after forcefully watching 2 hrs of "Doyle" it was enough for me.

  • Dave Houston
    March 13, 2013 - 14:41

    Who cares? Certainly not the countless numbers of young children that were victims of the Catholic Church's sex scandals.