VATICAN CITY (www.nbc33.com) - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, of Argentina, was elected pope by 115 cardinals Wednesday. His Holiness chose the name Pope Francis.
Pope Francis, 76, comes from a Jesuit background, and becomes first South American pontiff.
White smoke billowed from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel and the Bells of St. Peter's Square tolled Wednesday as the Roman Catholic cardinals elected a new supreme pontiff of the Church.
Around 2 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. Rome time), the decision was announced to the whole world. Now, 1 billion Catholics worldwide await the announcement of whom the new pope is.
One hundred fifteen cardinals, sworn to keep their vote secret , chose the new Bishop of Rome. The person elected had to get 77 of the 115 votes to be elected.
Once the votes are read aloud, the elected cardinal is asked if he accepts the position. After he does, he is taken into the Room of Tears at the Vatican for a time of prayer and reflection.
From there, the pope will be introduced on the balcony of the Vatican with his new papal name.
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