Pope Francis

The papal conclave has elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the new pope. A few things about him: He

* is 76 years old.
* has a chemistry degree.
* rode the bus to work in Argentina.
* lost one lung to an infection as a youth.
* came in second when Benedict XVI was selected eight years ago.
* is the first Jesuit elected pope.
* is the first non-European elected for more than 1,000 years.
* will take the name Francis.

In his first appearance as pontiff, Francis I told the crowd,

"As you know the duty of the conclave is to give Rome a bishop. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world."

Link -via Fark

See a video of his first appearance at St. Peter's Square. Link

(Image: BBC video)

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