4:25 pm: Video of New Pope’s Announcement and Text of Speech

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Good evening.

As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of Rome, and it seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen who is from far away. Here I am.

I would like to thank you for your embrace, also to the Roman Catholic Church and the bishops, thank you very much. And first and foremost, I would like to pray for our bishop emeritus, Benedict XVI

Let us pray together for him so that he is blessed by the Lord…

Let us begin this journey together… this journey for the Roman Catholic Church. It is a journey of friendship, of love, of trust, and faith. Let us pray always for one another. Let us pray for the whole world. Let us have a big brotherhood.

I wish that this journey for the Church, which we will start today… will bear fruits for the evangelizing of this beautiful city.

I would like to offer you my blessing. But I would like to ask a favor first. I would like to pray to the Lord so that the prayer of the people blesses also the new pontiff. Let us pray in silence your prayer for me

4:10 pm: Pope Francis may take a greater interest in poverty than other popes.

“We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least. The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.”

- The first Jesuit Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in 2007. From the National Catholic Reporter’s profile of Bergoglio.

4:00 pm: And an internet meme is born – see Stripes for details.

3:45 pm: During the election of the previous pope allegations surfaced concerning Bergoglio’s involvement in the “Dirty Wars” in Argentina.

The hearing of the Arch Bishop of Buenos Aires was held at 11am at the Metropolitan Curia for the trial for Bergoglio’s crimes against humanity during the dictatorship.

Bergoglio is to testify and deliver a statement about the disappearance of two Jesuit priests, Orlando Dorio and Francisco Jalic in 1976. The two were brought to the ESMA, the center of torture, when he was serving as principal of the Society of Jesus in Argentina…

The hearing of the Arch Bishop of Buenos Aires was held at 11am at the Metropolitan Curia for the trial for Bergoglio’s crimes against humanity during the dictatorship.

Bergoglio is to testify and deliver a statement about the disappearance of two Jesuit priests, Orlando Dorio and Francisco Jalic in 1976. The two were brought to the ESMA, the center of torture, when he was serving as principal of the Society of Jesus in Argentina.

3:39 pm EST: In a profile written before it was known that Bergoglio would be pope he was defined this way.

After the dust settled from the election of Benedict XVI, various reports identified the Argentine Jesuit as the main challenger to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. One cardinal later said the conclave had been “something of a horse race” between Ratzinger and Bergoglio, and an anonymous conclave diary splashed across the Italian media in September 2005 claimed that Bergoglio received 40 votes on the third ballot, just before Ratzinger crossed the two-thirds threshold and became pope…

Back in 2005, Bergoglio drew high marks as an accomplished intellectual, having studied theology in Germany. His leading role during the Argentine economic crisis burnished his reputation as a voice of conscience, and made him a potent symbol of the costs globalization can impose on the world’s poor.

Bergoglio’s reputation for personal simplicity also exercised an undeniable appeal – a Prince of the Church who chose to live in a simple apartment rather than the archbishop’s palace, who gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of taking the bus to work, and who cooked his own meals.


The Vatican announced the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, has been selected as the next Pope.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope on Wednesday to lead the Roman Catholic Church, a prelate announced to huge crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

He took the name Pope Francis, the cardinal said.

Cardinals elected Bergoglio on just the second day of a secret conclave to find a successor to Pope Benedict, who abdicated unexpectedly last month.