Argentine Cardinal named as new Pope

Argentine Cardinal named as new Pope

An Argentinean Cardinal has been named at the 266th Pope – the first non-European pope in over 1000 years.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has formerly served as the Arch Bishop of Buenos Aeries, Rome, and Genoa.

Cardinal Bergoglio has chosen the name of Pope Francis I, with the name Francis having links to poverty – an issue the new Pontiff says he is determined to address world wide. 

He has made his first appearance as leader of the Catholic Church  from the balcony of the Sistine Chapel, offering his blessing to the crowd and asking the faithful to pray for him.

Pope Francis is the first ever Latin-America and Jesuit to take role of Pontiff.

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