Since February 28th the Roman Catholic Church has been without a Pope when Pope Benedict XVI stepped down from the Holy See. Since yesterday afternoon the Princes of the Church, the College of Cardinals has been praying and contemplating a successor to him.
Today a new Pope has been chosen. The Cardinal from Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He will be known to the world as Francis I.
Born 17 December 1936 to working class parents, he attended the seminary in Villa Devoto. He entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on 11 March 1958 and was ordained on 13 December 1969.
Pope Frances has rejected Liberation theology, same-sex marriage, women priests, abortion and euthanasia. He is a humble man, who is a champion of the poor and working classes from which he arose.
Frances I is the first pope from Latin America and the first to be chosen out of Europe in 1500 years.