The gathering cheered wildly with shouts "Viva il Papa" and some ran towards the basilica as the smoke billowed from a narrow makeshift chimney and St Peter's bells rang.
Born on 17 December 1936, the new pope holds a degree as a chemical technician, entered the seminary of Villa Devoto. On 3 June 1997, he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998. He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Blessed John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of St. Robert Bellarmine.
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