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Conclave selects Argentine Jorge Bergoglio as new PopeSubmitted: 03/13/2013
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VATICAN CITY - It took the conclave just two days, one of the fastest in history, and we now know who the next Pope will be.

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope today. He becomes the first pontiff from the Americas. He chose the name Pope Francis.

A huge cheer erupted from the crowd when the new Pope stepped onto the balcony.

Pope Francis asked for a prayer for retired Pope Benedict, whose surprise resignation caused the conclave that brought the first Jesuit to the papacy.

He then asked the crowd to pray for him and then led the lord's prayer. Pope Francis ended his first appearance with a call for a silent prayer.

An estimated 50,000 people watched the ceremony in person at St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis was elected on the fifth ballot again.

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