28. Pope Francis I

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March 14, 2013 by bdetienne

The newest leader of the Catholic Church- Pope Francis I. (Courtesy of ABCnews.com.)

The newest leader of the Catholic Church- Pope Francis I. (Courtesy of ABCnews.com.)

Yesterday I wrote a post about the papal conclave process the cardinals of the Catholic Church were in to determine the next pope. At the end I mentioned that the conclave has lasted as short as 10 hours and as long as almost three years. Turns out, this conclave lasted just two days. After five rounds of voting Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the next pontiff. For those of you keeping score, he is the first pope from South America and the third straight non-Italian to assume the church’s head office. He has chosen a name and will be referred to as Pope Francis I for the length of his papacy.

Congratulations to the church for finding a new leader and best prayers and wishes to Pope Francis I.

The Old and the New: then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio meets with Pope Benedict  XVI in 2007 (courtesy of ABCnews.com.)

The Old and the New: then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio meets with Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 (courtesy of ABCnews.com.)

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