Another European born Cardinal has been elected as the new Pope.
The son of an Italian railway worker in Argentina Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been selected as the new Pope of over 1 billion Roman Catholics on 13 March 2013 to succeed his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI whose controversial resignation in February shocked the world. The new Pope has taken the name of Pope Francis I, the first time in papal history that this name had been used and he is the 266th pope.
He was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was ordained a priest in 1969. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was made a Cardinal in 2001.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio is one of the five children of Italian immigrants Mario José Bergoglio, a railway worker, and his wife Regina María Sívori, a housewife. As a teenager, Bergoglio had a lung removed as a result of an infection. He studied and received a master's degree in chemistry at the University of Buenos Aires before he decided to pursue an ecclesiastical career.
According to another reference, he graduated from a technical school as a chemical technician and at the age of 21 decided to become a priest.
Nigerians Report wishes the new Pope the blessings and divine guidance of God as he begins his Papal service in Rome.
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