As it happened: Pope Francis elected

Key points

  • Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina has been elected as Pope Francis
  • The new pope is the first pope to hail from from the Americas
  • News was greeted with joy by thousands in St Peter's Square
  • The new pontiff replaced Benedict XVI who stood down last month for health reasons

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  • Jastinder Khera 
  • Alexis Akwagyiram 
  • Lucy Fleming 

Last updated 14 March 2013

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