After white smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis I emerged onto the Vatican balcony as the new poniff of the Roman Catholic Church.
Francis, formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, hails from Argentina and is the first pope from Latin America. Bergoglio is considered a straight-shooter who adheres to the church's most conservative wing. He is 76.
He was elected by the cardinals to replace Pope Benedict XVI who recently retired. Here's a list of the other candidates that were up for consideration.
Cardinal Angelo Scola From: Italy. Current job: Archbishop of Milan
Cardinal Peter Turkson From: Ghana. Current job: President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Cardinal Marc OulletFrom: Canada. Current job: Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, former Archbishop of Quebec
Cardinal Francis Arinze From: Nigeria. Current job: Prefect emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, former Archbishop of Onitsha
Cardinal Angelo BagnascoFrom: Italy. Current jobs: Archbishop of Genoa, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi From: Italy. Current jobs: President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal-Deacon of San Giorgio in Velabro
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn From: Austria. Job: Cardinal of Vienna
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri From: Argentina. Current jobs: Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Biagio e Carlo ai Catinari
Cardinal Odilo Scherer From: Brazil. Current job: Archbishop of San Paolo
Cardinal Tarcisio BertoneFrom: Italy. Current job: Secretary of State for the Vatican
Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith From: Sri Lanka. Current job: Archbishop of Colombo
Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera From: Spain. Current job: Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, former Archbishop of Toledo
Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera From: Mexico. Current job: Archbishop of Mexico City
Cardinal Timothy Dolan From: The U.S. Job: Archbishop of New York
Cardinal Sean O'Malley From: The U.S. Current job: Archbishop of Boston.
Cardinal George Pell From: Australia. Current job: Archbishop of Sydney
Cardinal Mauro Piacenza From: Italy. Current job: Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
Cardinal Angelo AmatoFrom: Italy. Current job: Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, former Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Cardinal Crescenzio SepeFrom: Italy. Current job: Archbishop of Naples
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle From: The Philippines. Job: Archbishop of Manila
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran From: France. Current job: President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
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