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Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio elected pope, first pontiff from Americas

By The Associated Press
Published On: Mar 13 2013 12:15:51 PM MDT
Updated On: Mar 13 2013 04:16:00 PM MDT
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Vatican TV

VATICAN CITY -

Jorge Bergoglio, a Cardinal from Argentina, has been elected pope -- the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.

Tens of thousands of people have been celebrating in St. Peter's Square, after the news that cardinals meeting in the Sistine Chapel have chosen a new pope.

The crowd gathered in a cold rain to watch the smokestack atop the chapel. And people jumped for joy when white smoke poured out, a signal that the cardinals had elected a successor to Pope Benedict.

Many chanted "Habemus Papam," or "We have a pope," as the bells of St. Peter's Basilica and churches across Rome tolled. They've been watching a balcony overlooking the square.