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On the second day and in the fifth vote of the conclave, the 115 cardinals elected the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, aged 76, who was not one of the favourites to be the future pope.

The first Latin American and Jesuit to occupy the post, he has chosen the name Francis, “a sign of simplicity” for a cleric “with a solid command of doctrine who is also a reformer”, writes Corriere.

The newspaper also notes that the 266th sovereign pontiff was born of Italian parents, that he is a “fan of tango” and that he “speaks the Piedmontese dialect.”