There's a new pope! A puff of smoke from the Sistine Chapel signaled the Catholic cardinals had selected a new pope, and Jorge Mario Bergoglio was announced as the man for the job Wednesday. He's from Argentina and actually the first South American to ever lead the church.
“I would like to thank you for your embrace,” Bergoglio said on St. Peter’s Basilica today, above a crowd of excited well-wishers. He thanked cardinals and said you “have chosen one from far away, but here I am.”
Bergoglio is 76 and will be the first non-European to be pope in over 1,000 years. He will be called Francis and was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires before being appointed as the head of the church. He was born to Italian immigrant parents and was raised in Argentina.