The First Latin American Pope: Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires

(Updated) Bergoglio, elected on fifth ballot, has chosen the name Pope Francis.

Update (Mar. 15): CT has gathered reactions from evangelical leaders in America and Argentina, including Portland evangelist and native Argentine Luis Palau.

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, has been selected as leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church.

Chosen in an election that lacked a clear front-runner among the field of contenders, the Argentine has chosen the name Pope Francis.

He is the 266th leader of the Catholic Church but is the first-ever Jesuit pope. According to Catholic News Service, Bergoglio "was the cardinal with the second-highest number of votes on each of the four ballots in the 2005 conclave" that ultimately selected Benedict instead.

From the Vatican:

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite, was born on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires. He was ordained for the Jesuits on December ...
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