New Pope Francis Elected: Catholics in Fredericksburg Respond
The white smoke appeared on Wednesday, signaling the conclave had chosen Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new head of the Catholic Church.
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been named Pope. The first Latin American Pope has chosen the name Francis.
- Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the former archbishop of Buenos Aires.
- Pope Francis, 76, is the first non-European pope in the modern era and the first South American pope.
- He's the third straight non-Italian pope.
Millions world-wide watched the announcement and pageantry live on YouTube.
Fredericksburg Catholics have been praying for the selection of the new Pope since the Conclave began.
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