New Pope elected: Pope Francis of Argentina

Pope Francis of Argentina is the new pope, elected during the Conclave 2013 Pope Election held March 13, 2013 (Mar. 14 MLA Time) in Vatican City, Rome.

As white smoke rose from the chimney of Sistine Chapel in Vatican Wednesday evening, it signaled that a new pope has been elected and he is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who will use the name Pope Francis (or Papa Francisco for the Spanish-speaking people).

Official voting results of the conclave showed that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, got 77 votes out of 155 voting cardinals.

It's actually a surprising result to many. Cardinal Bergoglio was not even among those considered as top contenders to be the next pope.

Watch video of the pope announcement: "Haberum Papam!" or "We now have a Pope!" (credit to rtve via Youtube)

Pope Francis, 76, becomes the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he is the first from Argentina and the first from the Americas to be elected as pope.

He's also the first non-European Pope in more than a millenium (1,272
years to be exact).

Pope Francis' first speech (video credit to Milenio):

Pope Francis will hold first Angelus Prayer this Sunday, and his inaugural mass this Tuesday at the St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican.

About M.I.

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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