White smoke billowed above the Sistine Chapel at around 2:09 p.m. eastern time on March 13 declaring that a new pope was chosen by the College of Cardinals.
A little over an hour later, CNN reported that at about 3:15 p.m. eastern time, it was announced at the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square that Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen as the next Pope.
Bergoglio is the first non-European pope in the modern era, as well as the first South American pope and he also is the first Pope to choose the name Francis, according to CNN.
"He rides the bus, visits the poor, lives in a simple apartment and cooks his own meals," the Catholic News Service reported. "To many in Buenos Aires, he is known simply as 'Father Jorge.'"
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Editor's note: Rev. Brian Plate the Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila's Parish in Summit was not immediately available for comment.