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March 13, 2013

(PHOTO GALLERY) Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio elected pope

VATICAN CITY — In unadorned white robes, the first pope from the Americas sets a tone of simplicity and pastoral humility in a church desperate to move past the tarnished era of abuse scandals and internal Vatican upheavals.

The choice of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio — who took the name Francis — reflected a series of history-making decisions by fellow cardinals who seemed determined to offer a message of renewal to a church under pressures on many fronts.

The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aries — the first from Latin America and the first from the Jesuit order — bowed to the crowds in St. Peter's Square and asked for their blessing in a hint of the austere style he cultivated while modernizing the Argentina's conservative Catholic church.

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