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New pope is Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina

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VATICAN CITY (KWWL) -

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was named the new pope, the Vatican announced just after 2 p.m. central time Wednesday.

Bergoglio, 76, is the new leader of the Catholic Church. His name will be Pope Francis I.

White smoke appeared from the chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City just after 1 p.m. central daylight time Wednesday, signifying that a new pope was elected.

The 115 cardinals from around the world chose the next Pope to serve the Catholic Church. 

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