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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected as the 266th pope

White smoke emerged at 2:05 a.m. PHL time from the Sistine Chapel signaling the election of a new pope for the Catholic Church.  Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has become the 265th successor of Saint Peter and will be known at Pope Francis I.  

One hundred fifteen cardinal electors made up the conclave.  The conclave meets to elect the new pope with their ballets being burned after each vote – black smoke means an inconclusive vote and white smoke signals the election of a new pope.  

Once the new pope is elected, he is asked if he accepts and what name he would like to be called.  Cardinal Bergoglio will be the first pope to be called Francis. He is also the first Jesuit to become pope. 

Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States.

For news about the election, visit Reuters news service here

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