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Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio chosen as Pope Francis and the world reacts

The crowd in St. Peter's Square cheers as

The crowd in St. Peter's Square cheers as white smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel's chimney, indicating that a new pope has been elected. (March 13, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

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.

For Catholics, the days leading to Easter are a time of renewal. In choosing the name of Francis as his first act, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina sends the world a powerful message that the new pope will be a man of action and compassion as he takes the reins of a troubled Roman Catholic Church.

Earlier this week, Bob Keeler wrote an op-ed about his wishes that the new pope choose the name Francis. Read that column here: