We've Got a New Pope - And He's Latino!

There’s a new pope at the Vatican – and he’s Latino!

The world stood still today as we waited for the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church to emerge from the balcony at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Vatican City. When he did, the man in the white robes was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, former Archbishop of his native Buenos Aires.

Bergoglio, who has chosen the name Pope Francis, is the first pontiff elected from Latin America, as well as the first Jesuit. Addressing a crowd of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said “I would like to thank you for your embrace.”

Francis also thanked his fellow cardinals, saying that they “have chosen one from far away, but here I am.”

The 76-year-old served as the Archbishop of the Argentinian capital since 1998, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. Born to Italian immigrant parents, Pope Francis hails from Buenos Aires and is, according to CNN, a follower of the church's most conservative wing.

The website of Argentina’s Clarín newspaper has a huge spread on its website that reads: “The New Pope is Argentinean Jorge Bergoglio and His Name is Francisco I.” About 200 Argentineans applauded the election of the new Pope at Buenos Aires' Cathedral, according to the site. 

Just yesterday, we wrote about why it’s time for a Latin pope – and we’re thrilled that it has happened. What's your reaction?