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The Pope celebrates Mass in the Sistine Chapel

No one here was prepared for his election – President Kirchner was oblivious to the news, tweeting about public projects in Patagonia

Just moments after being elected, Pope Francis gave his first ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing as he stood on the balcony overlooking St Peter’s Square

Welcome, Pope Francis

Let’s pray that he will inspire all Catholics to join him in the urgent task of rebuilding the Church

Quiet thunder in Argentina

This profile of Cardinal Bergoglio first appeared in The Catholic Herald on October 7 2005

‘It looks as if my brothers the cardinals went to fetch [the new Pope] from the end of the world!’

To many in Buenos Aires, he is known simply as ‘Father Jorge’

The cardinal, who is the first Jesuit to be elected Pope, will be known as Pope Francis