Vatican: New Pope chosen

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wed

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. - Credit: AP

CARDINAL Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was named as the new head of the Catholic Church last night.

White smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney announced to the world that cardinals had made their decision.

Bells rang in St Peter’s Square as the smoke appeared.

He will be known as Pope Francis I.


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