Who Is Pope Francis?
Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe
in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.
After announcing ``Habemus Papum'' (``We have a pope!'') a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on
Wednesday revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name.
So who is Pope Francis I?
Until now, he'd been known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas.
He has spent nearly all of his career in his home country of Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe leather priests.
He was the archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2005, reportedly received the second most votes after Joseph Ratzinger, who went on to become Pope Benedict XVI.
Benedict became the first pope to resign in 600 years, when he made the announcement last month.
Francis was born in Argentina to an Italian immigrant, and has four siblings.
He shunned the expensive lifestyle, instead chosing to live in a simple apartment rather than the palace of the archbishop, and gave up his chauffeured limo and instead would take public transit to work.
Francis had dedicated his life to teaching and leading priests in Latin America. He's also known for modernizing the Argentine Church. But Francis is also seen as a staunch conservative.
You can find more information on the Papal Conclave, HERE