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Jorge Mario Bergoglio Named Pope: New Leader Of Catholic Church

Habemus Papem! After four rounds of secret voting, the cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new leader of the Catholic Church on March 13.

The crowd at St. Peter’s Square went wild on March 13, when Jorge Mario Bergoglio made his first public appearance as the new pope. The newly anointed Pope Francis I stepped out onto the balcony of the Sistine Chapel to make his debut as the newest leader of the Catholic Church, following the billowing of white smoke from the chimney one hour earlier.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio Is The New Pope: Pope Francis I

The cardinal deacon stepped out onto the balcony at 9:12pm local time to say “Habemus Papem!”, which means “we have a pope!” and Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, came out to be sworn in. He will be called Pope Francis I, and he hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, making him the first pope from South America.

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