POLL: What Do You Think Of The Choice For Pope?
Catholics and non-Catholics alike, we want your opinion
White smoke has risen from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signifying that two-thirds, or 77 of the 115 Cardinals eligible to vote, have agreed on the man to succeed Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
The Cardinals have elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to lead the Catholic Church. To see a complete story, click here.
Bergoglio, who has chosen the name Francis I, is the first Pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit in Papal history and was the runner up behind Benedict in the last Papal Conclave.
A tweet from the Diocese of Trenton says:
"Pope Francis! Jesuit from Argentina...first Jesuit Pope and first Pope from the Americas!"
What do you think of the Cardinals' decision?
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