"His surprise consecration shocked the world and provoked strong feelings in Argentina," reads the cover of a special edition of Argentina's Clarín, the country's most widely read newspaper. "He will lead 1.2 billion Catholics. A Jesuit, 76 years old, from Buenos Aires, he arrives to the papacy after intense pastoral work."
"Special edition: everything about the first Argentinian pope, in 34 pages," a callout adds in the corner.
Elsewhere in Argentina and Latin America, the headlines have celebrated Francis as one of their own. The cover of Buenos Aires's Muy literally says "the pope is ours."
Even in Europe and the United States, most media outlets have latched onto Francis's Latin American-ness, despite a few of his other firsts (listed, in admittedly small print, on the front page of Thursday's Washington Post).
"The 115-cardinal conclave designates the first Latin American pontiff in history," reads the headline on Madrid's El Pais. "The election of the Argentinian Jesuit Bergoglio foretells a change of direction in the church."
The official Vatican paper was, predictably, much more sedate.