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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293175/Pope-Francis-I-Latin-America-rejoices-election-Argentinian-pontiff.htmlBuenos Aires and graces Pope ... Francis
By NICK PARKER and BARRY MORAN
Remove from timeline AN Argentinian son of a railway worker was last night unveiled as the new Pope and immediately set about getting the Catholic Church back on track.
Veteran Buenos Aires Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was the shock 25/1 choice to lead the world’s 1.2 billion faithful.
Pope Francis, as he is now known, asked for prayers as he sets about healing the pain caused by decades of scandal. The first-ever Pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in 1,300 years said his brother cardinals “went to the end of the world” to find him. Rain-soaked St Peter’s Square — and Argentina — erupted with joy when the qualified chemist was unveiled at around 7.30pm. In his first speech as Pope, he vowed to embark on “a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us
”. Recognising the long slog ahead of him, Pope Francis added: “I ask that you pray to the Lord so that he blesses me.
“In silence, let us say this prayer of you for me.”
Pope Francis will be officially installed as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church on March 19.
He telephoned Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI shortly after his election, adding that he would visit him soon.
Political leaders last night welcomed the 266th pontiff in the Church’s 2,000-year history and the first Jesuit to get the top job.
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin hailed the new Pope as a man who lives simply, cares for the sick and poor, and kept his distance from the military and Government. He said: “He’s a real pastor. The name Francis is a clear indication that he has a very particular view of what the Church and simplicity and poverty is about
President Michael D Higgins
said: “Despite the pressures and distractions of a more complex world, people still yearn for a sense of spiritual meaning to their lives
. “Your leadership of the Church will therefore be of immense importance in providing ethical guidance and moral encouragement towards a world that is more just, more compassionate and more focused on a shared sense of community.”
Taoiseach Enda Kenny added: “He has the best wishes of all Irish people, of all traditions, as he undertakes the immense responsibility of his pontificate.” US President Barack Obama offered “warm wishes” to Pope Francis and said the selection speaks to the strength and vitality of the Americas.
He said: “On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis.
“As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than 2,000 years.”
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said: “I am certain that His Holiness will continue to build on the legacy of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.”
Cardinal Bergoglio reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that voted in Pope Benedict XVI, who last month became the first Pope to resign in 600 years.
Archbishop Martin said Cardinal Bergoglio told him: “He said very explicitly ‘your challenges in Dublin, my challenges in a large city like Buenos Aires are very similar’ so his interest is being a pastor.
“He was extraordinarily supportive.” Pope Francis was last night seemingly given the thumbs up by Argentinian footie legend Diego Maradona in a snap that went viral.
The star who palmed in a goal against England at Mexico ’86 appeared to hold up a sign saying: “The hand of God approves of the new pope.” But the hilarious photo was faked.
Diego told his Italian lawyer Angelo Pisani on the phone from Dubai last night: “As soon as I come to Italy I hope to get an audience with him.”
MyView, Enda Kenny
ON behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, I offer warm congratulations to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio on his election as Pope Francis.
He has the best wishes of all Irish people, of all traditions, as he undertakes the immense responsibility of his pontificate. We pray that he will have the strength, the good health and the spiritual guidance needed to lead the Catholic Church in the many challenges it faces.
The scenes of celebration in St Peter’s Square are a reflection of the great hopes and best wishes, of people of the Catholic faith all around the world, for the new Pope.
The decision of the Conclave in choosing the first Pope from the Americas is of particular significance as a symbolic expression of the global nature of the Catholic Church and of the 21st Century world.
The people of Ireland also send our congratulations to the people of Argentina, a country with which Ireland shares many historic bonds, on this occasion of great honour and pride for their nation.