Smoke rose from the Vatican and the Catholic church has confirmed a new Pope.
Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes the first Pope from Latin America. Pope Francis was born in Italy but his parents immigrated to Argentina when he was a young child.
The newly-elected leader of the Catholic church spoke to crowds outside of St. Peter’s Square today, waving and embracing his new role. “As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of Rome,” Francis told the crowd. “It seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen one who is from faraway. … Here I am. I would like to thank you for your embrace.”
Bergoglio, 76, is considered a “straight-shooter” and fairly conservative Cardinal to lead the church.