Jorge Bergogolio was elected pope on March 13, 2013. He is the first non-European pope in the modern era. He is also the first pontiff from South America, and the first Jesuit to be elected head of the Roman Catholic Church.
After white smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis I emerged onto the Vatican balcony as the new pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announces Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, has been elected by the conclave at the Vatican.
This is the first Pope Francis. The name parallels one of the most venerated figures in the Roman Catholic Church, St. Francis of Assisi.
Newly elected Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, at the Vatican, March 13, 2013.
Pope Francis was elected by cardinals in what was apparently their fifth round of voting on the second day of their conclave.
"As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of Rome," Pope Francis told a cheering crowd of thousands packed into St. Peter's Square.
"It seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen one who is from faraway. ... Here I am. I would like to thank you for your embrace."
Bergoglio is considered a straight-shooter who calls things as he sees them, and a follower of the church's most conservative wing.