On the second day of the conclave, March 13, Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was elected pope.

He is the first Latin American and Jesuit to hold this position, and chose the name Pope François.

The Italian press has reacted positively to his election. La Repubblica spoke of

a geographical and cultural evolution [...] a political gesture that shakes Rome and speaks to the world. A gesture of openness and hope that ends one era and brings the pope out of the Sacred Palace.

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