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New Pope Elected: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Of Argentina

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected Roman Catholic pope on March 13, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and taking the name Pope Francis. Appearing on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica a short time later, the new pope greeted a vast crowd gathered below in St. Peter’s Square with salutations in Italian and led a prayer for his predecessor, Benedict XVI.