Cardinals elect Argentine as new pope
Nick Todaro, [email protected]
The Catholic world saw the election of a new leader today with the ascension of Pope Francis, formerly the Cardinal from Argentina Jorge Bergoglio.
St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church pastor Fr. John Dick, attending to parishioners in the community this afternoon, weighed in through a prepared statement.
“Exciting news,” Dick said. “The Catholic church and all peoples have been given a blessing in the cardinal from Argentina, Pope Francis.”
Bergoglio is the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
After announcing “Habemus Papum” — “We have a pope!” — a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica today revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name. Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict XVI — who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.
The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.