…Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who has taken the name Pope Francis.
Bergoglio is the first Jesuit to be pope and the first pope from Latin America. It had been widely speculated that a new pope might be chosen from that region.
I note that Bergoglio is an interesting compromise in the diversity sense. He’s from Latin America, but the name “Bergoglio” indicates Italian ancestry, as is true of a huge number of Argentinians. This would make him a semi-throwback to the days when popes tended to be Italian (skimming this list rather quickly indicates that the first non-Italian Pope since medieval times was elected in 1978).
Bergoglio is known as a champion of the poor—and an opponent of abortion, so the left will of course be disappointed in that second aspect of his resume.
At 76 he’s not exactly a spring chicken, so his selection doesn’t necessarily get around the old age problem that faced his predecessor and apparently caused him to resign. Of course, the pool of cardinals from which the pope is drawn consists mostly of the elderly, so it’s highly likely that a pope will be rather old even at the beginning of his term.