Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City, Vatican
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Latin Americans on Argentine Pope: 'God willed it, so I am happy'

14 March 2013 Last updated at 12:04 GMT

Latin American Catholics in St Peter's Square were thrilled on Wednesday to witness the announcement that Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been elected pontiff.

BBC Mundo spoke to Argentines and people from other Latin American countries about what his election could mean for the region.

Video produced by Pablo Esparza