Jorge Bergoglio, a Brazilian has been chosen as pope. Bergoglio is the first pontiff from the Americas. He is 76 years old, making him a surprising choice. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was proclaimed a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2002. He has been known for living a modest life, living in a simple home, taking public transportation and cooking his own meals.
He has chosen the name of Pope Francis I. Pope Francis has predictably conservative views on same-sex marriage, abortion, euthanasia, and adoption by gay couples.
White smoke has emerged from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signalling that a new pope has been chosen. In case you were wondering if the cardinals just ran out of whatever chemical (it's a secret) makes the smoke black after a number of inconclusive votes, the bells of St. Basillica have rung, confirming that we have a new pontiff.
No word just yet who the new pope is, but word should be coming soon.
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