BREAKING NEWS: ARGENTINA'S CARDINAL BERGOLIO ELECTED POPE TODAY
[Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) by Toronto Star 3:35 PM]
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 13, 2013 (GUARDIAN-UK) Here's Sam Jones on Bergoglio:
The archbishop of Buenos Aires is a Jesuit intellectual who travels by bus and has a practical approach to poverty: when he was appointed a cardinal, Bergoglio persuaded hundreds of Argentinians not to fly to Rome to celebrate with him but instead to give the money they would have spent on plane tickets to the poor.
He was a fierce opponent of Argentina's decision to legalise gay marriage in 2010, arguing children need to have the right to be raised and educated by a father and a mother. He was created a cardinal by John Paul II on 21 February 2001.
[Crowd shouting, "Viva il Papa" for a Pope they don't know yet. 6:46 PM - 13 Mar 13]
FROM THE TORONTO STAR
Pope Francis: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is new pope
[Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named new pope. Natacha Pisarenko / AP]
By:Rosie DiMannoColumnist, Published on Wed Mar 13 2013 - The world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics hailed Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as their new pope Wednesday — and he shall go by the name of Francis. He is the first pope from the Americas.
White smoke billowed from atop St. Peter’s Cathedral a few minutes past 7 local time, signalling the election of church’s 266th pontiff.
As tens of thousands of faithful cheered and crowded deeper into St. Peter’s Square, analysts scrambled to understand what Pope Francis’s election will mean for the church and the world.
Pope Francis assumes the reins of Catholic temporal and spiritual leadership at one of the most challenging times in modern church history.
French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran preceded the new pope on to the balcony overlooking the square, accouncing, “Habemus Papam!” to the cheering throngs.
Shouts of jubilation and surprise had erupted around St. Peter’s Square earlier Wednesday evening.
E bianco! It’s WHITE!
White smoke, billowing furiously from the tiny tin-hat chimney above the Sistine Chapel where only minutes earlier a seagull had settled, amusing thousands who’d thronged into the piazza, the afternoon’s crowd growing exponentially as Roman office workers got off work and meandered towards the Vatican.
But as the joyous cries rose in a cacophony sweeping across the square, up Via della Conciliazone, and from there across the Eternal City, people began running towards the heart of the thing, the navel of Catholicism.
Strangers hugged, many danced, as the smoke — WHITE! — continued to churn and there was no mistake about it.
But it was shock that the 115 cardinals inside had come to a two-thirds agreement on the 266th Supreme Pontiff on just the end of Day 2 deliberations. The expert prognosticators had been so certain it would take longer than that among the divided Princes of the Church, at least into Thursday.
The Vatican had been left gobsmacked, of course, with last month’s abrupt abdication by Benedict XVI, too frail at 85 and allegedly over-burdened by the job. That brought cardinals from around the planet to Rome and an unanticipated 2013 conclave.
The suspense hung over the square, though it was aurally evident that this audience of multi-thousands was pulling for an Italian, after a German and a Pole.
Quickly the Swiss Guards, in their halberds and blue capes, moved into position to protect their new precious cargo, as a band played the Italian national anthem.
Everyone waited breathlessly, gleefully, to see who would emerge on the terrace of the central logia of the Basilica. Inside, the cardinals would have been bending their knee to the new pope.
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Papal Conclave: The new pontiff’s first night
The new pope 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.
[The suite at the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel where the newly elected pope will stay for a few weeks while his apartment in the Apostolic Palace are being renovated. L'Osservatore Romano / AP Photo]
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