VATICAN CITY (CBS) – Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been chosen as the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, taking the name Pope Francis.
It is the first time in history that the church as gone outside the Old World to select a New World leader, and he is the first pope from the Americas. Latin America comprises about 40 percent of the world’s Catholics.
The choice of a non-European, a man who is also from outside the inner circle of the Vatican, could signal a significant change, experts said.
Bergoglio is a Jesuit, an order which has strong ties in Chicago, including Loyola University as well as Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd. and St. Ignatius College Prep school next door.