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First Pope from the Americas

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In one of the shortest conclaves in recent history, a little more than 24 hours, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aeries was elected Pope. Bergoglio took the name of Francis. (He won't become Francis I until there is a Francis II.) His election broke the long line of succession from Europe. He is the first Pope from the Americas. It may be interesting to note that Cardinal Bergoglio came in second during the last papal conclave.

Bergolio's contemporaries describe him as a humble man who takes the bus to work every morning and lives in a simple apartment where he takes care of a fellow handicapped Jesuit.

Father Thomas Rosica, the English language assistant for the Vatican press office, explained how Bergoglio had taken a "pastoral form of ministry" to his duties as cardinal, forgoing the trappings of his office to appear in a simple cassock when he interacted with his people.

Bergoglio named took the name of St. Francis of Assisi and hopes to emulate the qualities of this particular saint.

He is the first Jesuit to be elected to the Pontificate and brings Jesuit charism to the office.

We didn't get a Pontiff from the United States but we did get one from America.

The fact that he comes from the southern part of our connected continents should make his leadership interesting.

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