UPDATE: Jorge Maro Bergoglio of Argentina elected new popeWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cardinal Jorge Maro Bergoglio from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected the new pope. He chose the papal name Pope Francis and is the first non-European pope and the first Jesuit pope.
White smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney in Vatican City on March 13 signaled a new pope was elected. Local time was 7:05 p.m., according to news reports.
The Catholic Church’s 115 cardinal electors voted in this papal election. The new pontiff must receive at least 77 votes, but the official vote remains secret.