March 14 - Celebrations in Buenos AIres carry on into the night as residents turned out at the city's cathedral after the first Argentine Pope was named. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Celebrations in Buenos AIres carried on into the night on Wednesday (March 13) as residents turned out at the city's cathedral after the first Argentine Pope was named. The large crowd of several hundred chanted slogans and waved Argentine flags. One nun, Sister Laura, said she liked the name given to the new pope. "It's a simple name, a name for the people, it's a loved name and one that is used, and of great wisdom," she said. The new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, took the name Pope Francis when he was elected to the post on Wednesday. Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church, becoming the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years. Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just over an hour after white smoke poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel to signal 115 cardinal electors had chosen him to lead the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.