Argentina’s Cardinal Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis I
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected as Pope Francis I Wednesday at the Vatican City.
The 76-year old Jesuit Cardinal of Buenos Aires is the first Pope coming from the Americas. He is also the first non-European pope in more than 1,200 years.
While holding an Argentine citizenship, his parents hailed from Italy.
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio chose Francis I papal name to associate himself with 13th-century Italian preacher Saint Francis of Assisi who lived a life of humility.
Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi said he is "a man who cooks for himself, takes public transport rather than using cars and who is a simple pastor."
Fr. Lombardi said "this first Jesuit Pope, in true Ignatian Spirit is first of all a servant of the Church."
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