Archbishop of Buenos Aries, Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected as New Pope
Archbishop of Buenos Aries, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected the New Pope at the Vatican to take over from Pope Benedict XVI, just after two days since the 115 cardinals entered the Sistine chapel.
The pope was elected at about 7:06 p.m. local time when the traditional white smoke rose from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel on Wednesday signaling cardinals had elected a new pope.
The smoke, known as the “fumata” in Italian, was seen rising from the chimney and was accompanied by the ringing of bells at St. Peter’s.
The 76-year old new pope Bergoglio is to be addressed as “Pope Francis”.
Pope Francis Studied at Theological Faculty of San Miguel. Received licentiate in philosophy and was ordained for the Jesuits on Dec. 13, 1969.
Besides his native Spanish, Bergoglio also speaks Italian and German.
While giving a brief speech in his first appearance shortly after his election, Pope Francis said a prayer for the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI and asked for prayers as he embark on his Papacy journey.
The election of the new Pope, on the first full day of voting by the 115 cardinals, came more quickly than many had expected after no obvious front runner had emerged following the surprise abdication of Benedict last month.
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