Update: Argentine Jorge Bergoglio Elected Pope
VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Catholic church has chosen a new pope.
Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.
White smoke was billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning 115 cardinals in a papal conclave had elected a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The conclave was called after Pope Benedict XVI resigned last month, throwing the church into turmoil and exposing deep divisions among cardinals tasked with finding a manager to clean up a corrupt Vatican bureaucracy as well as a pastor who can revive Catholicism in a time of growing secularism.