Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
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Argentina's Bergoglio elected Pope

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected the Catholic Church's Pope, taking the name Francis.

Appearing on a balcony over St Peter's Square in Rome, he asked the faithful to pray for him, with cheers erupting as he gave a blessing.

The 76-year-old from Buenos Aires is the first Latin American and the first Jesuit to be pontiff.

Luisa Baldini reports.

  • 14 Mar 2013
  • From the section Europe