VATICAN CITY - Argentine Jorge Bergoglio 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.
The Vatican says the new pope's official name is Pope Francis, without a Roman numeral.
After announcing `'Habemus Papum" -- `'We have a pope!" -- a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name. Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict XVI -- who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.
The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.
When Bergoglio appeared on the balcony above St. Peter's Square, and waved to the tens of thousands of people who were gathered below.
Francis looked stunned as he faced the cheering crowd.
He asked for prayers for himself and for retired Pope Benedict, whose resignation paved the way for the conclave that chose the Argentinian today.
The crowd had braved cold, rainy weather to watch the smokestack atop the Sistine Chapel. They jumped for joy when white smoke poured from the chimney at 2:06pm. EST.
Chants of "Long live the pope!" arose from the faithful, many with tears in their eyes.
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The new pope can't move into the papal apartment just yet.
He will remain with the cardinals at the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel, an impersonal modern hotel on the edge of the Vatican gardens where they have been sequestered since the beginning of the conclave.
He will spend his first night as pontiff in a room that features a bed with a dark wood headboard and a carved image of Christ's face, as well as a sitting area and a study.
The new pope is expected to stay there for a few weeks until the papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace can be renovated. The apartment was sealed Feb. 28, just after Benedict resigned, and cannot be reopened until the new pope formally takes possession.
Pope Francis will get right to work. He will celebrate his first Mass as pope in the Sistine Chapel on Thursday at 12pm. EST. He will be installed officially as pope on Tuesday, according to the Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi.
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