The new pope: Bergoglio of Argentina
The news you've all been waiting for, from the New York Times:
With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday — choosing the cardinal from Argentina, the first South American to ever lead the church.
The new pope, 76, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (pronounced Ber-GOAL-io) will be called Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. He is also the first non-European leader of the church in more than 1,000 years.
Much of the early press coverage has focused on the new pope's humility, concern for the poor and that he is from Latin America where the church continues to grow.
Seems like a nice enough old guy if you're into the Catholic Church. The last seemingly nice old guy lasted 33 days.
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