Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected the next pope, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announced Wednesday night from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. He is the first South American pope. Until last year, Bergoglio was the archbishop of Buenos Aires before stepping down because of his age. He is 76.
The new pontiff, the Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, is taking the name Francis.
He replaces Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned in February.
WGN-TV’s Dina Bair is live with the latest from St Peter’s Square.