Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected the 266th pope, making him the leader of the 1.2 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church.

Francis I was elected on Wednesday on the second day of the conclave in Vatican City, after receiving the required two-thirds majority, or at least 77 votes of the 115 cardinal electors from 48 countries.

Francis's election was announced to the world and before hundreds of thousands of cheering crowd gathered under the rain at St Peter's Square in Rome.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the protodeacon, made the announcement with the Latin words, Habemus papam, meaning "We have a pope".

As a sign of the election of a new pope, the Vatican also reactivated the Twitter account @Pontifex.

Francis I succeeds Benedict XVI, who resigned on February 28, the first pontiff to do so in 598 years


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