Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis

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Newly elected Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City. Now, he faces first-year scrutiny. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

Newly elected Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City. Now, he faces first-year scrutiny. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis on Wednesday after only two days of voting in the conclave tasked with choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

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  • PabloGuitarristo

    I also remain uncertain where he selected Francis after Francis of Assissi or Francis Xavier co-founder of the Jesuit order with Inygo Loyola. As A Jesuit alumni I like to believe Xavier. I applaud the idea of a Jesuit pope! A philosopher; against abortion and euthanasia .. and against gay marriage. He is willing to speak boldly for God’s plan. God bless him. He was close to the Greek Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox Catholics (and the Anglicans already removed that barrier, i.e.., Filioque. Great NEWS for the entire Christian world (praise God) Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

  • Mike in Wisconsin

    It really doesn’t matter which Francis he selected. Any cardinal selected to be pope is little more than a clone of the previous pope. Perhaps the best hope for the Church would be a pope so extreme that he drives enough people away to finally force the Church to re-examine itself in order to really understand its problems and the external world it so arrogantly looks down on.

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