Election of New Pope at Vatican (25+ Pictures)

The Vatican elected the 266th Pope. By decision of the conclave, 76-year-old Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Francis.

The election March 13 came on the first full day of the conclave on the conclave’s fifth ballot. It was a surprisingly quick conclusion to a conclave that began with many plausible candidates and no clear favorite.

Pope Francis - First Appearance

His Holiness Pope Francis

Pope Francis praying to Virgin Mary

His Holiness Pope Francis

Pope Francis at the Altar

Pope Francis with Child

Pope Francis praying the Rosary

Pope Francis with Dove

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The Latin American pope, a Jesuit, was chosen by at least two-thirds of the 115 cardinals from 48 countries, who cast their ballots in secret in the Sistine Chapel.

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