13 Mar '13, 10pm

World leaders, Catholics worldwide hail #Pope Francis' (@Pontifex) election, urge him to work for peace

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - World leaders and Catholics hailed the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina as the first Latin American pope on Wednesday, calling on him to work for the promotion of peace. United States (US) President Barack Obama and Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner led congratulations from across the Americas, where Catholics rejoiced that one of their own will lead the church's 1.2-billion-strong flock. In Buenos Aires, the faithful attending mass at the capital's main cathedral on the historic Plaza de Mayo erupted in cheers and gave a standing ovation upon learning from Vatican City of the 76-year-old's elevation. "As the first pope from the Americas, his selection... speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world," Mr Obama said in a statement, hailing Francis I as a "champion of the poor". "Just as I a...

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