Pope Francis I

Pope Francis I is beginning his first day as the head of the Catholic Church.

He will lead cardinals in his first Mass and start choosing the people he wants to work for him at the Vatican.

He may also visit Benedict, the last Pope, who resigned unexpectedly in February saying he was too old to keep going.

Pope Francis I was chosen as Benedict’s successor by the most senior members of the church after a series of secret votes.

South American Pope

Before being announced as Pope on Wednesday he was known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

He is the first Pope ever to be chosen from South America.

Pope Francis I made his first public appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday in front of a huge cheering crowd.

The result came on the second day of voting by cardinals in Vatican City.

White smoke appeared from a chimney on the roof of the Basilica, signalling that the cardinals locked inside had made up their minds and chosen a new Pope.

Crowds outside St. Peter's BasilicaCrowds outside St. Peter’s Basilica

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