It is 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He comes from a region of the world with 483 million Catholics — about 40 percent of all the church’s faithful. He will be called Francis. No other pope has chosen that name, which as National Catholic Reporter reminds us honors “the 12th century saint known for his simple lifestyle and dedication to the works of mercy.”
He is the first ever from the Americas and the first non-European pope of the modern era.
Per NBC, he has only one lung, the other having been removed due to infection when he was a teenager.