The Catholic Church's cardinals returned to the Sistine Chapel Wednesday and chose Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina -- now Pope Francis -- as the new pope on the second day of voting. Follow the live updates below.
Live video from Rome:
We're winding down our Pope Francis liveblog now. Make sure to read our story about Jorge Mario Bergoglio's election as well as our look at the Jesuit cardinal himself. We'll continue to have full coverage of Pope Francis on Thursday, so make sure you check back in with World Views and the Washington Post.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected the new pope and taken the name Pope Francis. But who is he?
Anthony Faiola reports that he is a man who eschews the trappings of luxury, instead residing "in a simple, austere apartment" near the Cathedral of Buenos Aires and choosing to prepare his own meals and ride the bus (rather than the available limousine).
Read the full story about the Jesuit cardinal who was elected pope here.
Here's a video report about Pope Francis:
Pope Francis delivered his first message in Italian about an hour after he was selected to succeed Pope Benedict.
Reuters translated his first words. An excerpt:
"Brothers and sisters, good evening.
"You know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are.
"I thank you for this welcome by the diocesan community of Rome to its bishop. Thank you.
For the complete transcript, head here.
Song, incense and prayers filled Caldwell Chapel at Catholic University as about 100 people, mostly young people, celebrated mass in honor of the selection of Pope Francis.
The Rev. Marek Stybor expressed his happiness that the new pope had selected the name Francis - though several people in the pews chuckled as the priest also admitted he couldn't be sure whether it was an allusion to St. Francis of Assisi, who founded an eponymous religious order devoted to ministering to the poor, or Francis Xavier, a Jesuit missionary devoted to spreading the Gospel to the four corners of the earth.
"Both saints are wonderful saints," Stybor said afterwards. "By choosing this name, he's choosing the spirituality of this saint."
— Fredrick Kunkle
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was elected pope today, is from Argentina. This caused quite a bit of exuberance in Argentina, but it also caused a "heated dispute in Argentina's Chamber of Deputies."
As Uri Friedman reports at Foreign Policy, the argument actually involved Hugo Chavez. A ceremony for the late Venezuelan leader was going on, and the opposition wanted to interrupt that ceremony to hear Pope Francis's first address; the ruling party disagreed. The ruling party wound up winning.
Head to this post for more on how the Argentine press is reacting to the election.
Then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio celebrated Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, at a synagogue in Buenos Aires in 2007.
He said he was there to examine his heart, "like a pilgrim, together with you, my elder brothers," according to Zenit.
The article quotes Bergoglio as saying:
"Today, here in this synagogue, we are made newly aware of the fact that we are a people on a journey and we place ourselves in God’s presence. We must look at him and let him look at us, to examine our heart in his presence and to ask ourselves if we are walking blamelessly."
House Speaker John A. Boehner, the highest-ranking Catholic serving in Congress, issued this statement about Pope Francis:
Thanks be to God for our new pope, Francis I. American Catholics rejoice over this news, and offer our prayers and blessings to His Holiness with confidence that he will fill the Chair of St. Peter with grace. Even more special is that our church will be led for the first time by a Holy Father from the Americas, marking a new milestone in the history of a faith that has endured for millennia. For me, it is truly inspiring that our new pope has taken the name of Francis, the saint who lived a simple life of humility and charity, setting an example for how to make God’s love visible to all, especially those in despair or pain.