Habemus Papam: Francis

The College of Cardinals elected today, on its fifth ballot, the 266th pope and Bishop of Rome: His Holiness Francis, former cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a member of the Society of Jesus.

The cardinal proto-deacon of the Catholic Church, Jean Louis-Taran, announced the news to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, with the traditional words: 

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: Habemus Papam.

Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Georgium Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglium.

Qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum.


I announce to you a great joy: We have a pope:

The most eminent and honorable lord, Lord Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio of the Holy Roman Church,

Who has taken for himself the name Francis.

Patrick Brennan — Patrick Brennan is a writer and policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. He was Director of Digital Content for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, writing op-eds, policy content, and leading the ...

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