In pictures: Election of Pope Francis

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image captionArgentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been named as the Roman Catholic Church's new Pope. The first Latin American to be Pope, he will call himself Francis.
image captionEarlier on Wednesday evening, white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel chimney, announcing that the cardinals gathered inside had elected a new Pope.
image captionThe loggia of St Peter's, overlooking the square, was the venue for his first speech.
image captionCrowds with umbrellas massed in the square flying flags from around the world.
image captionA troupe of Swiss Guards in silver helmets and full regalia marched to the basilica in preparation for the announcement.
image captionPope Francis said the world should set off on a path of love and fraternity and asked the faithful to pray to God for him.
image captionHe bade the thousands of onlookers in St Peter's Square a good night and a peaceful rest.
image captionThe Vatican's official newspaper brought out a speedy post-election issue to celebrate Pope Francis's election.
image captionCatholic faithful in Buenos Aires reacted with joy to the news that the new pontiff hailed from Argentina.
image captionHis election was also greeted with enthusiasm by Catholics across the Americas, including in St Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

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