Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
He chose the name Pope Francis.
After announcing “Habemus Papum'' “We have a pope!”, a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name.
Bergoglio reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict XVI, who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.
The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.
As Cardinal, Bergoglio became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and commitment to social justice.
A simple lifestyle has contributed to his reputation for humility. He has lived in a small apartment, rather than in the palatial bishop’s residence.