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Cardinals choose new pope
Updated 8:06pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
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- White smoke pouring from the Sistine Chapel in Rome is telling the world that the cardinals inside have elected a new Pope to head the Catholic Church.
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Right, enough of this, I'm off to make dinner.— @DavidAPaine 13 March 2013
A picture of the Pope, er, waving again.
He's a pope who catches the bus!
Of all the contenders to replace Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was little mentioned.
The 76-year-old reportedly received the second most votes after Joseph Ratzinger, the last pope, in the 2005 papal election.
He became Pope Francis after a surprisingly quick conclave winning 77 votes, or two-thirds of the 115 cardinals' votes, on the fifth ballot.
His decision to pick the name Francis evokes key Christian tenets such as simplicity and humility.
And they are fitting for a man who, spending nearly his entire career in Argentina, is known for catching the bus and eschewing the luxuries of high office.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, aged 76, of Argentina, was tonight named as the new pope.
Cardinal Bergoglio, who is regarded as a surprise choice, will be known as Pope Francis, according to reports.
His dramatic election was signalled when white smoke billowed from the conclave of cardinals meeting in the Sistine Chapel.
Cardinal Bergoglio came second in the conclave which chose Pope Benedict, who retired last month.
He is the first pope to be chosen from outside Europe for more than a millennium.
Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
I'm really pleased Jim Bowen has been made Pope #lookwhatyoucouldhavewon #bullseye— @GraemeEAnderson 13 March 2013
Are eggs Benedict to be called eggs Francis from now on? #pope— @hanch1980 13 March 2013
Fr Jack aka Frank Kelly and now a Pope Frank, surely no coincidence :-) @worcesternews http://t.co/tKOcedTXhD— @barrymacg 13 March 2013
So the new pope is a Conservative, anti abortion and anti gay, makes a nice change from the last few popes... Oh wait.— @Topgearsam 13 March 2013
I only caught the end of that news report, Mario Balotelli is pope??— @rich_whittaker 13 March 2013
I don't see the big deal with the Pope its not asif he does a lot anyway— @ell_rodger 13 March 2013
The new Pope is Argentinian? Good job the Falklands have already had their referendum then.— @malcyL 13 March 2013
Having failed to regain the Falklands, Argentina sets its sights on smaller countries. #falklands #vatican #PopeFrancis— @theeggchaser 13 March 2013
Unsuccessful Papal candidates now propping up a Vatican bar. "I didn't want it anyway, the boss is a nightmare". #Pope— @BobJWilliams 13 March 2013
Not sure what that previous tweet means, but it's definitely official!
HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM— @Pontifex 13 March 2013
Surely no connection between Fr Jack (aka FRANK Kelly) and now a Pope Frank ? http://t.co/TWHK07xyya— @barrymacg 13 March 2013
See http://t.co/RgE6ZqTs3t tomorrow for full reaction from #Worcestershire Catholics #PopeWN— @SarahDaviesWN 13 March 2013
This is an old picture of him, taken in 2009, but you can see his face better than the balcony shots. He was pictured here in front of the Argentine flag giving a mass outside the San Cayetano church in Buenos Aires.
Pope Francis flanked by Monsignor Guido Marini, master of liturgical ceremonies, waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
So there's a new pope....and ronaldo's coming to Man U— @sandrosupp 13 March 2013
Can someone please tell Pope Francis that they're not having the Falkland Islands back! #popefrancis— @AngieMColombo 13 March 2013
Good luck Pope Francis. Put in a good word for #wolves please— @steviejones980 13 March 2013
"What's the new pope gonna do tonight? It's not like he's gonna go get drunk at a party..." @enicholls90 #popewatch2013— @jackusmaracus 13 March 2013
I'm surprised ITV never made a show "The Pope Factor".— @Dad_DAN_cing 13 March 2013
An Argentinian Pope. The hand of God again!— @PC1611 13 March 2013
Good job the old pope stepped aside to let this cheeky young rascal take over. #newpope— @DickDelingpole 13 March 2013
So the new Pope is from Argentina - Pope Francis I. Not exactly a spring chicken though!— @worcspaul 13 March 2013
"@katie_rowlett: Argentinian Pope, is this first non-European? #Pope" Apparently not a Syrian in the middle ages was the first.— @MickGillick 13 March 2013
The new pope is an Argy. Interesting! What now for The Falklands? #pope— @SteveJWoolley 13 March 2013
Good luck to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglilo or now Pope Francis!— @EfanDonovan 13 March 2013
PICTURE: Moment new #Pope appeared on Vatican balcony - Jorge Mario #Bergoglio of Argentina http://t.co/rQN0uPTpel— @BBCBreaking 13 March 2013
He'll be known as Pope Francis.
The new pope is Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the first Jesuit pope.
Cardinal Protodeacon Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran has appeared to announce the name of the new pope.
I'm not religious at all but I do love Pope Watch. Who knew cameras trained on an empty balcony could be so gripping?— @DavidAPaine 13 March 2013
We are waiting for Cardinal Protodeacon Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran to appear to announce the name of the new pope.
@SarahDaviesWN @DuncanBallard Please please come out wearing sunglasses & baseball cap #WeNeedACoolDudeAgain (Long live JPII)— @top_brummie_cat 13 March 2013
Anyone up for a guess on Pope name? How about Eric the First?— @Jediknight1961 13 March 2013
There's no way you can genuinely be excited by finding out who the new pope is.... I don't get it.— @Birkalo 13 March 2013
I couldn't give two hoots who the new pope is but think the whole white smoke/black smoke thing is pretty cool #oldskool— @JamesASavage 13 March 2013
Everyone seems happy that they've chosen a new Pope. How gutted would they be if it's someone they hate? #popewatch2013— @jackusmaracus 13 March 2013
Are we absolutely sure all this black smoke coming out of the Vatican isn't them getting rid of witness statements and DNA evidence?— @AzMansell 13 March 2013
They have 3 different sizes of robes. I wonder if it'll be a small, medium or large Pope... #popewatch2013— @jackusmaracus 13 March 2013
PHOTO: White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling new #pope elected http://t.co/4zEXhGXx3w— @nbcnightlynews 13 March 2013
My nan is getting so excited watching the Italian tv of who's going to be the new Pope, never seen her so excited! #NewPope #Pope— @ClareB_ 13 March 2013
Pope unlikely to be Jewish, I think, so don't think we'll need to change @JewishChron splash tonight— @stephenpollard 13 March 2013
People on the telly seem to be jumping up and down, singing a song which is just "Pope, pope, pope, pope..." On repeat. #popewatch2013— @jackusmaracus 13 March 2013