New pope to be called Pope Francis

The new pope has been chosen to be called Pope Francis.

Reuters reports that no pope has ever taken the name of Saint Francis of Assisi, the 13th century reformer who lived in poverty and told followers: "Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words."

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Argentine cardinal is new pope

Argentine archbishop Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.