Vatican wakes to a new pope - Pope Francis, the first South American to lead the Roman Catholic Church. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Roman Catholic followers from around the world woke up on Thursday (March 14) to the news that the first South American pope had been elected to lead them.
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's election as pope has broken Europe's centuries-old grip on the papacy, opening the doors on a new age of simplicity and humility for the Roman Catholic Church, mired in intrigue and scandal.
As well as being the first South American pontiff, he is also the first non-European pope in 1,300 years and the first to take the name Pope Francis, in honour of St. Francis of Assisi, the 12th century saint who spurned wealth to pursue a life of poverty.
His elevation on the second day of a closed-door conclave of cardinals came as a surprise, with many Vatican watchers expecting a longer deliberation, and none predicting the conservative 76-year-old Bergoglio would get the nod.
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