The AC360 411: Meet Pope Francis
March 13th, 2013
06:12 PM ET

The AC360 411: Meet Pope Francis

Editor’s Note: Anderson Cooper reports live from Rome tonight on the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergogolio as the new pope for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, has been elected as the new pope of the Catholic Church. He’s taking the name Pope Francis. The name symbolizes "poverty, humility and simplicity,” said John Allen, CNN’s Senior Vatican Analyst. When the new pope spoke to the massive crowd in St. Peter’s Square today, he told them, “Let us pray always for one another. Let us pray for the whole world. Let us have a big brotherhood.” The papal conclave took five votes over two days until it reached its decision. Here’s the AC360 411 on the new pope and papal conclave:

  • Pope Francis is a 76-year-old Jesuit, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • First pope from Latin America
  • Came in second in the 2005 balloting that elected Benedict XVI
  • Son of an Italian-born railway worker; his mother was a housewife
  • Has four siblings
  • Had part of one lung removed when he was a teenager due to a respiratory illness
  • Speaks Spanish, Italian and German and several other languages
  • Earned a degree in chemistry at the University of Buenos Aires
  • 1960: Earned a degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of Buenos Aires
  • 1969: Ordained as priest
  • 1998: Became Archbishop of Buenos Aires, served until last year
  • Rode the bus, lived in simple apartment and cooked his own meals in Buenos Aires
  • Known simply as "Father Jorge" to many in Buenos Aires
  • 2001: Elevated to cardinal by then Pope John Paul II
  • 115 cardinals voted in conclave
  • 11 of 115 votes from U.S. cardinals, the second largest national voting bloc after Italy
  • 3 cardinals were chosen to count votes
  • 3 other cardinals checked the counts
  • 3 helped older cardinals in casting ballots
  • 1 round of voting allowed on first day of conclave
  • 4 vote rounds allowed after first day (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon)
  • After 4 days if no pope chosen, cardinals would have taken a day for prayer and discussion
  • 67 of the 115 cardinals were appointed by Benedict XVI
  • 4 voting rounds held for election of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005
  • 77 votes (two-thirds) were necessary to become new pope
  • 1903 and 1922 conclaves: Longest of 20th century, each lasted 5 days (Pius X & Pius XI elected)
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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Dr. Jay

    Does Pope Francis have any living siblings?

    March 14, 2013 at 7:38 am |
  2. ron

    please start cover real news. I know the new pope is important but, i watch 360 to hear of news around the world. There are so many things going on right now, and all you are covering is the pope. My goodness.

    March 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  3. Philip Dobson

    The media keeps saying that the new pope chose the name Francis for St. Francis of Assisi. Since the pope is of the Jesuit order, I think he chose the name because St. Francis Xavier was the founder of the Jesuit order. Has anybody checked into why he chose the name?

    March 13, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • Nat Stratton

      St. Ignasius Loyola, founded the Jesuit order

      March 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm |

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