Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Argentina was announced as the new pope Wednesday after white smoke emerged from the roof of the Sistine Chapel, and the bells of St. Peter's Basilica pealed, signalling that cardinals had chosen a new pope to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church after only five ballots. The new pope will call himself Pope Francis I.
Until last year, Bergoglio was the archbishop of Buenos Aires before stepping down because of his age. He is 76. Bergoglio is considered a straight-shooter who calls things as he sees them, and a follower of the church's most conservative wing.
He has clashed with the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over his opposition to gay marriage and free distribution of contraceptives.
Minutes earlier, white smoke rose above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang out across Rome, prompting cheers and wild applause.
Seen as a compassionate conservative, he is the son of a railway worker.
He prizes simplicity and humility and was expected to encourage priests to do shoe-leather evangelization, according to his biographer.
Bergoglio has only one lung, the other having been removed due to infection when he was a teenager.
He reportedly came in second during the 2005 balloting that ultimately elected Benedict XVI.
Smoke billowed from the chimney at 7:07 p.m. (2:07 p.m. ET) on the second day of behind-closed-doors voting and marked the beginning to a new era for a church combating scandal and internal strife. ►WATCH
Learn from Pope Francis 1 - Humble way of living - Taking the bus to work - Cooking own meals - Caring about slum dwellers. If he can do it, why can't WE?.
sanjeewe Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:47 AM
fr.francis pls bless my motherland
Sue Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:10 AM
Why are people marking negative responses to a straight forward wish to a newly elected pope? Is it to show their bias towards another religion or how do their minds work?
tony Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:12 AM
God Bless You Pope. Just in case you need any help, pls consult MR
Union Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:11 AM
His nomination will be fulfilled only after he received the wishes from self clamed king of the Lanka
ANTON Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:18 AM
GOD BLESS YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS MOST HOLY FARTHER, FRANCIS 1.
hello Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:42 PM
READING THESE COMMENTS MAKE ME SICK. WHAT A COUNTRY SRI LANKA IS. GOD BLESS YOU HOLY FATHER
Ranjith Silva Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:34 AM
My Blessings for the Pope Francis 1.
KD Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:32 AM
Exactly. That's why most affluent European countries are becoming atheists while religious fundamentalism is growing in uneducated and improvised countries of Asia and Africa. Religion is just a vestige of mans primitive past and those who still cling to religion are I'm afraid still living in the stone age mentality
LBJ Friday, 15 March 2013 05:32 AM
And you were there when JC said this. Give me a break. The bible is a book of fiction. We are all a natural phenomenon.
Chryshan K. Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:34 AM
May god bless you.
ANTON Thursday, 14 March 2013 02:01 AM
AND PRAY FOR THE PARLIAMENTARIANS.
Labby Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:45 AM
@GB, it is for people like you that Jesus Christ said just moments before he died; "Father forgive them for they know not what they do".
Labby Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:46 AM
Viva il papa.... Long live the Pope !
Charith Thursday, 14 March 2013 02:26 PM
I'm a Buddhist,but Pope Francis will have my wishes!. Congratulations!!.
Marie Wednesday, 13 March 2013 07:39 PM
God Bless You Pope Francis.
Saliya Wicks Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:00 AM
Anglican UK hates Roman Catholic Church. To add more to that, Argentina whose Falcon Island Britain has invaded, has its native as the new Pope. Congratulations Your Holiness! via DM Android App
SF Wednesday, 13 March 2013 07:49 PM
God's Choicest Blessings to you.
dass Thursday, 14 March 2013 11:25 AM
I didn't say pope is God. I only said God bless him. we all need. We all need that blessing nowadays.
pj Wednesday, 13 March 2013 07:49 PM
Man who led a very simple life, Even,. Cooked his meals!!... from Buenos Aires, and a Jesuit. First South American and first Jesuit Also first non European, God bless our holy father.
Neo Thursday, 14 March 2013 04:53 AM
God Bless you holy Farther
Emil Nanayakkara Thursday, 14 March 2013 05:01 AM
May the good Lord bless you and keep you in good health.
malkanthi Thursday, 14 March 2013 07:09 AM
This must be a collective work not just the Pope he too is a human being! Read the bible!
DHA Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:41 PM
It was a beautiful moment...May God's Blessing be with you always......
ashram El Thursday, 14 March 2013 03:37 PM
hope you dont resign like the previous
GB Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:57 PM
Don't be blind people! There is no god out there. Just do the right things as a human. That's enough.
dass Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:08 PM
May GOD bless you your Holiness. May he give you courage and wisdom to rid the world of every evil including all kind of extremism.
hawkins Thursday, 14 March 2013 07:12 AM
I hope that some of our religious leaders and politicians will emulate the new pontiff.
The Judgement Day Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:37 PM
God Bless you holy farther! God Bless us and Christianity!
S. Harindra Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:00 AM
Congratulations! The first non-European Pope is the most suitable servant of God Almighty to wash the feet of all victims of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. Revolutionary choice! via DM Android App
dingbat Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:29 PM
haha judging by the responses to this, i guess it's safe to say majority of the Daily Mirror readers belong to those primitive times... god is definitely not a concept which appeals to most intellects these days....
ELENA SOMMERFELD Wednesday, 13 March 2013 11:55 PM
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR POPE Franchesco I, as Catholics and as Argentines! he was voted by the all Cardinals at the Vaticano, and was elected POPE OF CATHOLICS!
Gallian Thursday, 14 March 2013 05:57 AM
When he will resign...?
RamUk Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:54 PM
y so much hatred against other religions.....
Marshall Fonseka Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:14 AM
May God bless you.
ANTON Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:08 PM
MAY DOG BLESS YOU
karu Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:19 AM
Is that important to be selected as pope someone nowadays. Two world majority religions from west and middle-east, both always have been working separately and held meeting for spreading their religions on uneducated poor Asian, Africans countries.
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