The Roman Catholic Church has a new pope.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was named leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday after being elected pope. He will be known as Pope Francis I.
The 76-year-old Jesuit – the first non-European pope of the modern era – was introduced to the world – in Latin – from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in front of tens of thousands gathered in the square below.
The National Catholic Reporter recently published a helpful piece detailing Bergoglio’s background, including the fact that he was apparently the runner up for pope during the 2005 conclave.