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In just over 25 hours, the 115 cardinals from 50 countries gathered in the Sistine Chapel Conclave have chosen their new Pope.

After two signals of black smoke, at 7:10pm yesterday the arrival of the awaited white smoke stopped the world when the Vatican chimney announced the election of its new Church leader, with a surprise included – that he would be the first Latin American pope in History.

The 13th March, 2013 is now a historical date in history for the Catholic Church and is also significant for the rest of humanity.

After two signals of black smoke, at 7:10pm yesterday the arrival of the awaited white smoke stopped the world when the Vatican chimney announced the election of its new Church leader, with a surprise included – that he would be the first Latin American pope in History.

The Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio, taking on the name Francis, will be the new Pontiff to replace the Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI

This historical event has been covered by worldwide media, including Imarpress.

The until now Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires on the 17th December, 1936, which makes him 76 years old.

He belongs to the Jesuit order, and holds a masters in chemistry. By all accounts, he is reported to be a simple man who has generally avoided the opulence afforded to his position. He also loves the tango and is passionate about football, in particular the San Lorenzo de Almagro team.

He is in good health, although he had one lung removed as a teenager due to an infection.

Francis also has a special place in his heart for Spain. The son of italian immigrants, he started his priestship in 1969, the same year in which he moved to spain to fulfill his third probandato, the intellectual preparation time of young priests, at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid.

 

 

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