Habent Papam - His Holiness Pope Francis
Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: Habemus Papam. Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Georgium Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio. Qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum.His Grace sends his warmest wishes to Roman Catholics all over the world on the election of the new successor of St Peter: the first member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit); the first from South America; and the first from outside Europe in a millennium.
The former cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes His Holiness Pope Francis. He will be the 266th Pope and Bishop of Rome.
Pope Francis is 76 years old. No doubt in about eight years time, rumours will begin to circulate about an imminent abdication.