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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.

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Vatican spokesman 'shocked' at choice of Jesuit pope

The spokesman for the Vatican, Federico Lombardi, has expressed his shock at the choice of a Jesuit as the new pope.

In what Vatican Radio described as an "impromptu press briefing", Lombardi said that Jesuits “have an international vision, to serve wherever they are needed”.

He added that: “Jesuits think of themselves servants, not authorities in the church”.

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