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Breaking News: Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected Pope

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1663503b-c413-4a34-b117-956919c2c9fc-Bergoglio01manualArgentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected the Roman Catholic Church’s new Pope.

The first Latin American to be Pope, he will call himself Francis I.

An hour earlier, white smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney announced to the world that cardinals gathered inside had made their choice.

Cardinal Bergoglio replaces Benedict XVI, who resigned last month saying he was not strong enough to lead the Church.

The 115 cardinals have been in isolation since Tuesday afternoon, and held four inconclusive votes.

At least 77 of them, or two-thirds, would have had to vote for a single candidate for him to be elected Pope.

Before the conclave began, there was no clear frontrunner to replace Benedict.

Crowds with umbrellas massed in the square flying flags from around the world.

The Catholic News Agency said people were running through the streets of Rome, hoping to reach St Peter’s Square in time for the appearance of the new Pope.

A troupe of Swiss Guards in silver helmets and full regalia marched to the Basilica in preparation for the announcement, as military bands played for the onlookers.

The new Pope will emerge from the loggia overlooking the square to deliver his first speech.

He will have already accepted an invitation to become Pope and the cardinals will have sworn allegiance to him, after which he will have gone to pray alone.

Source: BBC

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32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. England Bitrus on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Congrat berg.

  2. Rotimi Odejayi on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    It is A Welcome DevelopmenT…HE Is Welcome!

  3. Richard De Man on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    congrats

  4. Olisemeka Stallone on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    New Pontiff….welcum pray u divine wisdom

  5. Kelechi Angela on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    We welcome HIM POPE FRANCIS

  6. Oyedare David on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Whao,another mantle of spiritual outpouring…more Grace.

  7. Ijeoma Onuoha on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Welcome pope francis!!!!!!!!!

  8. Ogudu Maria Agnes on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    God choosing one u are welcome

  9. Umoh Linus on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Congratulations. May the good Lord strengthen you in His service, amen.

  10. Micheal Arinze on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Welcome Pope

  11. Ogudu Maria Agnes on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    God choosing one congralution Pope

  12. Rhoda Nkechi on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    congrats

  13. Martins Ochai Ogbodo on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    May God strenghteen U and give u d strenght and capacity 2 lead his people in truth and in love

  14. Hypolite Leonard Ugotex on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Let d joy of lord b ur strength

  15. Oluseun Oluwole on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Wlcm Sir

  16. Rili Tunde on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Congrat sir may the joy of the lord be with us.

  17. El-joe Izumahs on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    welcome the house of God .my lord

  18. Juku Samuel Shomzua on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    May God give him the strenght to carry on this assignment 4 peace & unity across the whole wide world

  19. Ebere Darlington on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    The newest pope on point.

  20. Akintunde Adaraniwon on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Cheers, Sir!

  21. Juku Samuel Shomzua on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Congrats papa u r welcum to a more tasking duty in Gods own vainyard

  22. Joseph Ager on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    We wish him peace and love,may the whole world be his concern not just the call,conjul papal, never you alone but always with us IJN

  23. Ikem Okosa

    March 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    We hope that one day a black man will be made the pope

  24. Lawanson Oluwatosin on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Congrtulations to him

  25. Fidelia Ginikanwa on Facebook

    March 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Congratulations to the Catholic Church! May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ engulf the new Pope Francis the 1st and the whole world, amen!

  26. Charler nwoga

    March 13, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    God be with u d pope ad may he use u as he uses moses so dt u will lead humanbeing 2 heaven.amen

  27. NNAMDI

    March 14, 2013 at 12:02 am

    WELCOME POPE FRANCE 1

  28. Ifeanyi Nweke on Facebook

    March 14, 2013 at 6:07 am

    We welcome the wish of our Lord God. Long life our Papal , long Catholic Faithfuls

  29. D.D.Gyang

    March 14, 2013 at 6:51 am

    2 God b d glory 4eva,God bless u Pope Francis

  30. Samuel

    March 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Congratulations to the newly elected pope,the Latin Americans and all Catholic faithfuls.

  31. Tonto1

    March 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I dont believe in fucking religion, religion is the heart of heartless and soul of soulless

  32. Agnes

    March 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Our Saviour will guide and protect you as you work in His Vineyard in Jesus Name Amen.

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