The Roman Catholic Church made the biggest announcement of all on March 13. The newest pope has been elected by the papal conclave. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires is the new pope and has taken the name of Francis I.
As Huffington Post reports, Pope Francis I is the 266th pope in the Roman Catholic Church. 115 cardinals met in the papal conclave to elect a new pope. Bergoglio was one of the cardinals to vote. A candidate must obtain a minimum of 77 votes in order to be elected. The College of Cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church meet like this whenever a pope must be elected. The cardinals first voted on March 12, and Cardinal Bergoglio received the most votes and was named the new pope today.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI shocked the world in February when he announced that he would be resigning. Loyal Catholics around the world have been staying updated with all of the latest news surrounding the topic. Catholics around the world are thrilled over the news that Cardinal Bergoglio is the new pope, particularly those from Argentina. People are very optimistic about Pope Francis I, and are looking forward to seeing his papacy.
What do you think of the news that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolglio is the new pope, and has taken the name of Pope Francis I? Have you been following the media coverage on the papal conclave?