Nuevo Santo Padre
At 1:05 p.m. Iowa time Wednesday, Francis, the 266th Holy Roman Pope, was elected by the College of Cardinals. Slightly more than an hour later, he emerged on the loggia — the papal balcony — of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected at the conclusion of the fifth round of voting held in the historic Sistine Chapel. His presence on the papal balcony was met with thunderous cheering from thousands of faithful who filled St. Peter’s Square below.
“And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust,” he said. “Let us always pray for one another.”
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