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Rome : Italy | Mar 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM PDT
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The new Pope appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica

Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina becomes Pope Francis I

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina is the new pope.
He takes the name Pope Francis I and becomes the 266 Pope in the series that began with St. Peter.

He is currently the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Bergoglio was born 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires and is 76 years old.

He is thus the first non-European pope since Gregory III of Syria who was pope from 731 to 741

Started with 'Good evening'

Francis I came out on St Peter's balcony at 20.25 and started to greet the crowd, "good evening" in Italian, to great applause from the audience.

- You know conclave duty is to provide a Bishop of Rome. They had gone to almost the end of the world to find him, said the newly elected Pope with a smile.

- I thank you for the welcome, he said that before he uttered a prayer for the former Pope Benedict XVI and led the St. Peter's Square in the "Our Father."

When Pope Francis I should enter from the balcony again, thanked him again for the welcome.

- Dear brothers and sisters. Thanks for the welcome. Pray for me, see you soon.

- Tomorrow I will pray, said the newly elected pope before he ended by greeting the crowd: - Good night and good rest.

Son of railway works
Bergoglio is the son of an Italian emigrant to Argentina which was the railway works and has four siblings.

He was a member of the Society of Jesus and was appointed cardinal by John Paul II in 2001. Francis I is the first Jesuit being Pope.

Francis I, who will be known hereafter, have served in the country of Argentina throughout his career.

Unlike many of those who were mentioned as favorites, he has not served in the Vatican.

By all accounts, he should have been the one who got the second most votes when Benedict XVI was elected in 2005, but was considered too old to be elected this time.
Victory for non-Europeans

The appointment of Bergoglio was surprising since he was not listed among the favorites.

Since Benedict XVI went on 12 February has been speculated that this year's papal election would be an a battle between European and non-European cardinals.

The European was expected to want a pope who already had strong ties to the Vatican, while the non-European wanted a pope who had more experience in parish work.

Since Bergoglio only have served in the country of Argentina, it seems as if the non-European cardinals have won a clear victory.

First with Francis as Pope

Although Francis of Assisi from the 1200s is one of the most famous names in the Catholic Church's history, no one has previously taken Francis as Pope name.

Bergoglio Frans takes that name despite the fact that he was affiliated with the Society of Jesus and not Franciscans.

Francis of Assisi is known for its commitment to live in poverty. His most famous words were "Spread the word, if necessary, more words

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Francis I at Saint Peter's Square last Wednesday, when he was still Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
fibonnaci is based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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