Pope Francis, born Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, was elected pope on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, taking over the office of pontiff after Pope Benedict XVI stepped down the previous month. Pope Francis is the first South American to be named Pope. He was elected on the second day of the conclave of cardinals, on the fifth ballot.
University of Dayton student Katie Baglieri had been standing in St. Peter’s Square for about 90 minutes Wednesday when the smoke began to pour from the chimney, indicating a new pope had been elected.
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