A new pope has been elected: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina. He is the first non-European elected to that office in over 1000 years. He will be the 266th person to hold that office. He is taking the name of Francis (the proper form being Francis, not Francis I, as I posted earlier, since the first of that name is not given a number until there are others that need to be distinguished from each other).
I can’t believe that there has been no other pope named Francis, St. Francis being such a notable saint. (See this for the possible significance of the name.) At any rate, the election of this first South American pontiff is surely something of a surprise. The top prospect lists of prospective popes that I saw earlier didn’t mention him. I did find one that did, which I’ll quote after the jump, along with a video of Pope Francis. [Read more…]