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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Audio note: These interviews occurred before the name of the new pope was announced.

Pope Francis the First.

That is the name chosen by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, the first pope ever from the Americas.

The 76-year-old was elected today by his fellow cardinals on the fifth ballot, during the second day of the conclave to choose a successor to Pope Benedict.

He had reportedly finished second in the conclave eight years ago that named Benedict as pope.

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