VATICAN CITY (CBSNewYork/AP) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope Wednesday and chose the papal name Francis, becoming first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
A stunned-looking Bergoglio shyly waved to the crowd of tens of thousands that had gathered in St. Peter’s Square. As CBS 2’s Maurice DuBois reported, the new pope was greeted with rapturous applause from the cold, wet and ecstatic crowd.
He marveled that the cardinals had to look to “the end of the earth” to find a bishop of Rome.
He asked for prayers for himself and for retired Pope Benedict XVI, whose stunning resignation paved the way for the tumultuous conclave that brought the first Jesuit to the papacy. The cardinal electors overcame deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast conclave.