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NEW POPE: Jorge Mario Bergoglio chosen as 266th pope

Bergoglio is the first pope elected from outside Europe in over 1,000 years. He has chosen the name Francis. Photo courtesy ABC News

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Will take name Pope Francis I

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, the archbishop of Buenos Aires has been chosen as the 266th pope.

The Argentine-born “Pope Francis I,” the son of an Italian railway worker, is said to prize humility.

Bergoglio is the first ever pope from the Americas and the first non-European in more than a millenium.

He reportedly came in second during the 2005 balloting that ultimately elected Benedict XVI.

In a press release, Congresswoman Nidia Velazquez said “It is a source of pride to see the first election of a Pope from Latin America.  Equally important, Pope Francis has a distinguished record of working to comfort and assist the poor, while personally leading a humble life inspired by Christ.  Like all Catholics I am excited by his election and join in praying for him as he assumes his new role.”

March 13, 2013 - 3:23pm


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