Pope Francis, the new leader of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis

 

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the new Pope.

The first Latin American and the first Jesuit to be pontiff, he will call himself Francis.

The new pope will be the first pope to hail from the Americas.

The new pontiff will replace Benedict XVI who stood down last month for health reasons.

Pope Francis was greeted by crowds in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square after his election.

Appearing on a balcony over the square, he asked the faithful to pray for him as he begins this new journey.

He also prayed for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

He is now leader of the 1.2 billion catholics world over.