The election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio — who chose the papal name Francis I — to the papacy is the first time since the Middle Ages that the pope has not been a European, reports the Associated Press.
The new pope is known for his humility and devotion, often praying with the poor in his native Argentina. As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he lived in a tiny apartment where he cooked his own meals and took public transit to work.
- Will visit his predecessor Benedict XVI in the next few days
- Chose “Francis” for his papal name after St. Francis of Assisi
- First Jesuit elected to the papacy
- Refused a special car after his election and took the Vatican bus, also tried to pay his hotel bill personally
- Considers social outreach and human rights more important than doctrinal debate
The newly elected Francis I will hold his first mass Thursday afternoon.