Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, who had been the archbishop of Buenos Aires is now elected as the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic church. Francis I is the first Latin American and first Jesuit pope.
According to reports, Bergoglio is known to be conservative and orthodox in his beliefs who spoke out for the poor and led a solemn life in Buenos Aires. Reports further stated that he also lived simply when he served as archbishop of Buenos Aires, cooking his own meals, taking public transportation, and refusing to live in the archbishop’s mansion.
Bergoglio is one of the oldest among the possible candidates and is actually the first non-European pope.
As per the Vatican, the new pope will have his inaugural mass on March 19.