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Catholicism Heralds In The Era Of Jorge Bergoglio

popeJorge Mario Bergoglio was yesterday (March 13th) elected to be the 266th Pope, as white smoke emerged on the second day of the Papal conclave. He took the name Francis, after Francis of Assisi, and breaks two traditions; he is the first Jesuit Pope, and the first Pope from the Americas.

Bergoglio is an Argentinian, born in Buenos Aires in 1936; this puts him at 76 years of age, which could be considered a disappointment to those hoping for a younger Pope to lead the Catholic Church. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1969, and became an Auxiliary Bishop in 1992. He was believed to have been a strong contender for the Papacy during the last conclave, that saw John Paul II elected. Continue reading