Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13. (Photo: commons.wikimedia.org)
By Sue Careless
THE 1.2 BILLION Roman Catholics around the globe have a new Pope – and what a great list of firsts his election has generated. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Buenos Aires, Argentina is the first pontiff from the New World, the first Latin American pope, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, the first Jesuit, the first non-European pope in 1,200 years and the first to choose the name Francis.
Bergoglio was elected by 115 fellow cardinals as the 266th pope on the fifth vote, after a brief two-day conclave. He had placed second