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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Cardinal Bergoglio was chosen as the leader and pope of the Roman Catholic Church Wednesday evening in Rome. He has chosen the name Pope Francis I and is the first pontiff from the Americas.
Pope Francis I addressed the thousands that coveted St. Peter’s Square, thanking them for their love, devotion and acceptance.
Pope Francis I was elected to the papacy after two days of conclave meetings with a total of five ballots cast.
Voting in the conclave began Tuesday afternoon, Rome time and is the confidential meeting of cardinals who are sworn to secrecy.
Pope Francis received at least 77 votes, which is the minimum two-thirds required to become pope.
There were 115 cardinals eligible to vote in the conclave with all being under the age of 80 before Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s retirement, as required by Vatican rules.
Pope Francis I will be formerly installed as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in the coming days. It’s unclear when the installation Mass will happen, but a Vatican spokesman stated that Tuesday, March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, is a possible date of his installment.
For his first few weeks as pope, Pope Francis I will live in a temporary apartment away from the official papal residence.
The official papal apartment is under renovations and was sealed after Benedict’s resignation.
Per church rules, the apartment cannot be reopened for any reason until there is a new pope.