(VATICAN CITY) The Catholic church has chosen a new pope. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, has been elected. He will take the name Pope Francis I.
White smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning 115 cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.CLICK HERE
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The new pope is expected to appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, after a church official announces "Habemus Papum" - "We have a pope."
The conclave was called after Pope Benedict XVI resigned last month, throwing the church into turmoil and exposing deep divisions among cardinals tasked with finding a manager to clean up a corrupt Vatican bureaucracy as well as a pastor who can revive Catholicism in a time of growing secularism.