The world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics hailed Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as their new pope Wednesday — and he shall go by the name of Francis. He is the first pope from the Americas.
Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict XVI — who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.
The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.
White smoke billowed from atop St. Peter’s Cathedral a few minutes past 7 local time, signalling the election of church’s 266th pontiff.