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Mario Bergoglio elected Pope Francis I by Cardinals at Vatican

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The new pope has been revealed as Pope Francis I. Live Updates, Video, Reaction: New pope announced

A new pope has been elected at the Vatican. Pope Francis I is the first pope from the Americas, and the first from outside Europe in over a thousand years. The man chosen as pope is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, from Argentina. The news that the Vatican Cardinals had reached a decison came as white smoke rose from the conclave in Rome. Pope Francis I will replace Pope Benedict XVI, who stepped down last month saying he was no longer strong enough to lead the Church. Crowds with umbrellas have massed in the Vatican square flying flags from around the world. "I can't explain how happy I am right now," Filipino Ben Canete told the Associated Press. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has tweeted his reaction: "A momentous day for the 1.2bn Catholics around the world as His Holiness Pope Francis I is appointed the 266th Bishop of Rome."

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Mario Bergoglio elected Pope Francis I by Cardinals at Vatican


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