White smoke as been seen. The Catholic Church has chosen Argentine Jorge Bergoglio as the new Pope. He is the first Pope ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.
FOX News Radio's Simon Owen reports from Rome:
He'll be known as Pope Francis and his former name Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina. It's seen from the outside as a surprise decision. But we have a Pope from Latin America.
He's the first Jesuit Pope and he spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina. He's 76-years-old. But reportedly he's no stranger to success in these conclaves, or at least coming near to it. It's claimed he got the second most votes behind Joseph Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
Bergoglio, as he was known for the kind of pastoral work that some have said is an essential skill for the next Pope. He's known for modernizing a church in Argentina that had been among the most conservative in that region. And analysts expect he would likely encourage the Church's 400,000 priests to hit the streets to capture more souls.
So Jorge Bergoglio emerging onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and he'll now be known as Pope Francis. We have a Pope, but it's perhaps not one of the names people were expecting.
READ Pope Francis' first Tweet:
LISTEN to bells in St. Peter's Square signalling a new Pope was chosen:
WATCH white smoke rise from the chimney on top the Sistine Chapel: