The new Pope has been unveiled as Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who will take the name Pope Francis I. The 76-year-old was welcomed by tens of thousands of overjoyed Catholics in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City after his election was revealed when white symbolic smoke poured out of the Sistine Chapel's chimney.
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He began his address to the crowd with a joke, saying that his brother cardinals had gathered to pick a bishop of Rome 'and they have chosen one from far away but here I am'. He then asked for prayers for his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI.
Dressed in white robes with an elaborate stole, he said: 'First and foremost I would like to pray for our emeritus Pope Benedict XVI that Christ and the Madonna watch over him. 'Let us being this journey together, this journey for the Roman Catholic Church. It's a journey of friendship and love and faith between us. Let us pray for one another, let us pray for all the world.' He then asked the crowd to be silent for a moment and pray for him as he accepted his new position. 'I'd ask you to pray to God so that he can bless me,' Pope Francis said, leading a silent prayer, followed by a loud cheer from the crowd.
He said that the world 'should set off on a path of love and fraternity', leaving the address by saying to the crowds: 'Good night and I wish you a peaceful rest.'