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Argentinian Bergoglio, Buenos Aires archbishop, elected pope

Jesuit, 76, to become Francis I

Argentinian Bergoglio, Buenos Aires archbishop, elected pope

Vatican City, March 13 - Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Borgoglio was elected pope Wednesday. Borgoglio, 76, is the first Jesuit pope. A conservative like his predecessor Benedict XVI and a strong supporter of helping the poor, he will become Pope Francis I. In his first words on the balcony of St Peter's, he said the cardinals who elected him had chosen someone "from the end of the Earth". One of five children, he is the son of a railway worker and his wife. Borgoglio has so far lived in a modest flat and cooked his own meals. He is the 266th pope and leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. Borgoglio, whose great-grandfather was from the northern Italian region of Piedmont, is believed to be close to the Communion and Liberation movement, a doctrinally conservative group founded in the 1960s partly in response to Marxism and other leftist movements. His predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II were supporters of the movement. While he is not known to spend much time preaching about helping the impoverished, some of his actions stand out. Upon being named a cardinal in 2001, he encouraged people not to spend money to celebrate with him in Rome and instead to donate the funds to the poor.

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