Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

By: CBS News, The Associated Press
By: CBS News, The Associated Press
Pope Francis I

Pope Francis I

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican says the new pope's official name is Pope Francis, without a Roman numeral.

Spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi sought to clear up any possible confusion, noting that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who announced the name to the world, said simply Francis. It is listed that way in the first Vatican bulletin on the new pope.

"It will become Francis I after we have a Francis II," Lombardi quipped.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

Update:

VATICAN CITY (CBS NEWS) -- The world's 1.2 billion Catholics have a new leader. His name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, but he will be known henceforth as Pope Francis I.

Bergoglio, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires and a member of the largest Catholic order, the Jesuits, is the first pope from the new world. Born in Argentina to parents of Italian descent, he represents a bridge between the Church's European roots and its future, which lies, according to many, in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Bergoglio's chosen name, Francis, is taken from the patron saint of Italy, Saint Francis of Assissi.

After just a day and a half of voting, the 115 cardinal electors locked inside the ornate Sistine Chapel sent a cloud of white smoke up a chimney and into the air over St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, signaling a conclusive vote -- at least 77 of them agreed on a man to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.

Thousands of the faithful and the curious huddled underneath umbrellas in a rain-drenched St. Peter's Square erupted in applause and cheers upon seeing the white plume drift over the Chapel. Three American tourists told CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips they were in Rome on vacation and just came to the square to "see if we'd get lucky." They got lucky, and witnessed history.

Within an hour, Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, the senior cardinal deacon of the Church, stepped onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and announced in Latin the name of the man elected to lead the faith -- the 266th pope and the 265th successor to the apostle Peter, for whom the basilica and the square take their name. Catholics believe Jesus Christ himself chose Peter to lead his church on Earth.

CBS News correspondent Allen Pizzey notes that no pope in the Church's near-2,000 year history has ever been so bold as to claim the name of the original pontiff for himself -- there has never been a Peter II.

Pope Francis I was chosen from among the cardinal electors themselves.

(Copyright 2013, CBS News)

Initial report:

VATICAN CITY (CBS NEWS) -- The world's 1.2 billion Catholics have a new leader.

After just a day and a half of voting, the 115 cardinal electors locked inside the ornate Sistine Chapel sent a cloud of white smoke up a chimney and into the air over St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, signaling a conclusive vote -- at least 77 of them agreed on a man to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.

Within an hour, Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, the senior cardinal deacon of the Church, will step onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and announce in Latin the name of the man elected to lead the faith. The new pope will almost certainly have been chosen from among the cardinal electors themselves.

Shortly after Tauran's announcement the new Holy Father will himself appear on the balcony, clad in his papal vesture, to give his first blessing. He will already have been the pope at that stage for about an hour -- officially assuming the title while still inside the Sistine Chapel.

In spite of a much-discussed divide among the prelates heading into the conclave, pitting traditionalists from the Vatican establishment against those more interested in reform, the cardinals have concluded their election in a timeframe typical of the past six conclaves.

The decisive action may be taken as a deliberate move by the clerics to disprove the widespread claims of a bitter division within the College of Cardinals.

(Copyright 2013, CBS News)


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