Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope on Wednesday to lead the Roman Catholic Church. He took the name Pope Francis, the cardinal said. Bergoglio’s election as pope has broken Europe’s centuries-old grip on the papacy, opening the doors on a new age of simplicity and humility for the Roman Catholic Church, mired in intrigue and scandal. He is the first South American pontiff, the first non-European pope in 1,300 years and the first to take the name Pope Francis, in honour of St. Francis of Assisi, the 12th century saint who spurned wealth to pursue a life of poverty.

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Priests walk through the colonnade of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. MAX ROSSI/REUTERS

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Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican is illuminated as seen from the Tiber river in Rome. PAUL HANNA/REUTERS

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The Sistine Chapel is seen prepared with tables where cardinals will sit when the conclave begins at the Vatican. OSSERVATORE ROMANO/REUTERS

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The Sistine Chapel is seen prepared with tables where cardinals will sit when the conclave begins at the Vatican. OSSERVATORE ROMANO/REUTERS

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Urns where votes will be placed by Roman Catholic cardinals jn a conclave entrusted with the task of choosing a successor to Pope Benedict are seen at the Sistine Chape at the Vatican. OSSERVATORE ROMANO/REUTERS

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A nun prays while cardinals hold the mass pro eligendo pontifice at Saint Peter Basilica before the Conclave at the Vatican. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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The red curtain on the central balcony, called the Loggia of the Blessings of Saint Peter's Basilica, where the new pope will appear after being elected in the conclave is seen at the Vatican. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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Cardinals leave after a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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Cardinals attend a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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Cardinal Turkson of Ghana attends a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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A Cardinal cap is pictured during a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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A cross is seen on a Cardinal cassock during a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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Cardinals attend a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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Different sizes of papal vestments hang ready for use at the Sistine Chapel in advance of the conclave. OSSERVATORE ROMANO/REUTERS

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A Swiss Guard is seen during a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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Cardinals attend a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. OSSERVATORE ROMANO/REUTERS

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Different sizes of papal shirts and other accessories lie ready for use at the Sistine Chapel in advance of the conclave at the Vatican. OSSERVATORE ROMANO/REUTERS

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Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel to begin the conclave in order to elect a successor to Pope Benedict at the Vatican. OSSERVATORE ROMANO/REUTERS

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Faithful wait during the conclave in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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Women hold placards in support of the election of a U.S. cardinal to be named as pope, outside Saint Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

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Black smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

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Nuns react as black smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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A man sheltering under an umbrella is reflected in a puddle at Saint Peter's Square as the conclave begins in order to elect a successor to Pope Benedict. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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Faithful wait at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. MAX ROSSI/REUTERS

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A faithful holds a rosary while waiting for smoke to rise from a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel during the second day of voting for the election of a new pope at the Vatican. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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Faithful shelter from rain while waiting for smoke to rise from a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel during the second day of voting for the election of a new pope at the Vatican. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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Nuns walk in Saint Peter's Square while waiting for smoke to rise from a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel, during the second day of voting for the election of a new pope, at the Vatican. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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File photo of Cardinal Roger Mahony of the U.S. arriving before the last general audience of Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square at the Vatican. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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Faithful wait in the rain under umbrellas at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. PAUL HANNA/REUTERS

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White smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel indicating a new pope has been elected at the Vatican. MAX ROSSI/REUTERS

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Faithful cheer as white smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel indicating a new pope has been elected at the Vatican. KEVIN COOMBS/REUTERS

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Faithful cheer as white smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

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French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announces a new pope has been elected by the conclave at the Vatican. DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS

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Newly elected Pope Francis Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS

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Faithful cheer as white smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel indicating a new pope has been elected at the Vatican. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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Faithful cheer as newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

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Faithful react as newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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Swiss Guards form up before the appearance of newly elected Pope Francis I at the Vatican. DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS

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Faithful cheer as newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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Cardinals are seen on a balcony as newly elected Pope Francis I Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. MAX ROSSI/REUTERS

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Faithful cheer as they wait for the newly elected pope to appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. MAX ROSSI/REUTERS

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Newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. OSSERVATORE ROMANO/REUTERS

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Roman Catholics celebrate the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new Pope, at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires. STRINGER/ARGENTINA/REUTERS

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Undated handout photo of Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Undated handout photo of Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina waves as he leaves after praying at basilica in Rome. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Mar 14, 2013