Pope Francis I elected as the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff

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Newly elected Pope Francis I, appears at the Vatican on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals to succeed Benedict XVI. Reuters
1/7Newly elected Pope Francis I, appears at the Vatican on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals to succeed Benedict XVI. Reuters
Pope Francis I appears at the window of St Peter’s Basilica’s balcony. Born in Argentina, he is the first Latin American to lead the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the first Jesuit. AFP/Osservatore Romano
2/7Pope Francis I appears at the window of St Peter’s Basilica’s balcony. Born in Argentina, he is the first Latin American to lead the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the first Jesuit. AFP/Osservatore Romano
White smoke rises from the roof of the Sistine Chapel signalling the election of the new Pope. The new Pope, Francis I has had a reputation for being as conservative and inflexible as his predecessor. AFP
3/7White smoke rises from the roof of the Sistine Chapel signalling the election of the new Pope. The new Pope, Francis I has had a reputation for being as conservative and inflexible as his predecessor. AFP
Faithfuls wave an Argentinian flag as Argentina’s cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I, appears on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica. Reuters
4/7Faithfuls wave an Argentinian flag as Argentina’s cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I, appears on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica. Reuters
Roman Catholics celebrate the election of Pope Francis I in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aged 76, he is just two years younger than Benedict at the time of his election in 2005. Reuters
5/7Roman Catholics celebrate the election of Pope Francis I in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aged 76, he is just two years younger than Benedict at the time of his election in 2005. Reuters
Pope Francis I, blesses faithful from the window of St Peter’s Basilica’s balcony. The new Pope is seen to be orthodox on sexual matters, but liberal on social justice. AFP/Osservatore Romano
6/7Pope Francis I, blesses faithful from the window of St Peter’s Basilica’s balcony. The new Pope is seen to be orthodox on sexual matters, but liberal on social justice. AFP/Osservatore Romano
Faithful cheer as white smoke rises above the Sistine Chapel. Pope Francis I takes the helm at a challenging time following accusations of priestly child abuse and leak of secret papal documents that uncovered corruption and rivalry inside the Church. Reuters
7/7Faithful cheer as white smoke rises above the Sistine Chapel. Pope Francis I takes the helm at a challenging time following accusations of priestly child abuse and leak of secret papal documents that uncovered corruption and rivalry inside the Church. Reuters
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