Live Video: The new Pope is … Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis I

posted at 2:45 pm on March 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

someone, that much is certain.  NBC News is carrying it live, and here’s the embed.  I’ll update as we find the answer.  I happened to be on a local Salem affiliate doing a taped radio hit when the smoke appeared; I have the audio and I’m clipping it into some video I just shot in St. Peter’s Square.  I’ll have that up in a few minutes.

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Update: A large cheer just went up from the crowd, but so far, no action at the window. The crowd has filled the square, and are shouting, “Viva il Papa!” I’m working on my video from the initial moments in the crowd, but I’m back in the media center now so that I can update readers as soon as possible.

Update: Don’t forget, we knew ahead of time that there would be 45 minutes to an hour between the white smoke and the announcement.  The process now includes time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, which adds to the length.

Update: The new Pope is a South American, the first non-European in centuries — but not one anyone saw coming.  Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina has become Pope Francis I.  This name has a lot of meaning for Catholics — Francis of Assisi was credited with reforming the Catholic Church in the 13th century through humility, simplicity, and works of charity.  However, Bergoglio is 76 years old, an interesting choice.

Update: More background on Pope Francis from the Vatican biography.  He was born in Buenos Aires in December 1936, which makes him 75 at the moment, ordained as a Jesuit, and was made Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992.  He was elevated to Cardinal by John Paul II in 2001.  He has been considered a theological conservative, probably not a surprise considering John Paul II’s intervention.

Update: Bergoglio is also the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, so Italy has a connection to the new Pope.

Update: Here’s my latest video.  I was speaking with Paul Ridgeway on Salem Radio’s KKMS in the Twin Cities when the white smoke appeared, and I had to end the call quickly.  I then ran out to St. Peter’s Square to capture the moment, and even ran into a couple from Indiana.

To say I was surprised would be to engage in overwhelming understatement.  I didn’t think we’d get an answer until perhaps the weekend.  Bergoglio, it should be noted, is also a surprise.  Although he came in second to Benedict XVI in the last conclave, few considered him on the short papabili list, which goes to show just how effective that speculation really was.  Now the Catholic Church has its first South American Pope, and I can tell you that the South American contingent in the media center were not shy about sharing their pride in that election.

Update: The Washington Post profile of Pope Francis includes this look into his approach:

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was chosen as pope Wednesday and will be known as Pope Francis, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is best known as a champion of the poor. This is often reflected in his very humble lifestyle, despite his position. One much-cited example of his personal (and very Franciscan) commitment is that he takes the bus.

They link to another profile in the National Catholic Register:

Back in 2005, Bergoglio drew high marks as an accomplished intellectual, having studied theology in Germany. His leading role during the Argentine economic crisis burnished his reputation as a voice of conscience, and made him a potent symbol of the costs globalization can impose on the world’s poor.

Bergoglio’s reputation for personal simplicity also exercised an undeniable appeal – a Prince of the Church who chose to live in a simple apartment rather than the archbishop’s palace, who gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of taking the bus to work, and who cooked his own meals.

Update: Here is the video of Pope Francis’ first address, via NRO:

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Audience is getting restless!!

karenhasfreedom on March 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Drumroll please.

rbj on March 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

The new Pope is …

Ed Morrissey!

22044 on March 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM

From the other thread

BREAKING — It’s not Obama

J_Crater on March 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Catholic?

Ben Hur on March 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Get ready to be disappointed.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

They can’t wait to get their teeth into him…..

Ben Hur on March 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Ed is there. He can always tell his grandkids about it.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Better not be an african or asian pope.

Seven Seas on March 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Well, that sounded racist.

J.S.K. on March 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

The new Pope is …

Mayor Bloomburg!!

ToddPA on March 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

1,2,3… an Italian.

Flapjackmaka on March 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

The new Pope is …… someone, that much is certain.

So we can rule out vegetables and minerals. Well that’s a start.

Must be tough for the crew getting the jumbotron ready for Michelle Obama to give the Habemus Papem

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Does he poop in the woods? Oh, wait, wrong idiom.

The Rogue Tomato on March 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

The new Pope is …

KOOLAID2!

22044 on March 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Mayor Bloomburg!!

ToddPA on March 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Hey, Christ too was a Jew.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Oh thank you! Thank you, Ed!

Lily on March 13, 2013 at 2:52 PM

He has to stop by Vatican human resources and get his SS withholding form , his electronic security pass and watch a sexual harassment video.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 13, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Catholic?

Ben Hur on March 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Don’t be ridiculous.

CurtZHP on March 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Lot’s of evil in this world…

… I hope he’s up for the job.

Seven Percent Solution on March 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Argh, my work internet is too slow for the video. Guess I’m just gonna have to keep hitting refresh until the dude comes out.

LukeinNE on March 13, 2013 at 2:54 PM

No doubt Obowma will make a speech regarding the new Pope…

… “I, I, I, me, I, I, I, me, me, me, … Let me be clear, I…”

Seven Percent Solution on March 13, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Moishe I!

CurtZHP on March 13, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2013 at 2:52 PM

As were a couple of past Pope’s.

Ben Hur on March 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

FYI white smoke over the white house means something else.

Oil Can on March 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

*Popes.

Ben Hur on March 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

The new Pope is …

Peelousy?

platypus on March 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Up until very recently it was almost always an Italian. So, don’t be surprised if it is an Italian Cardinal.

bigmike on March 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

So we can rule out vegetables and minerals. Well that’s a start.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

So it’s not Dennis Rodman after all. Or Joe Biden.

rbj on March 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

FYI white smoke over the white house means something else.

Oil Can on March 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Choom Gang in session.

CurtZHP on March 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

I’m not Catholic but I’m fascinated by this.

joekenha on March 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Guess I’m just gonna have to keep hitting refresh until the dude comes out.

LukeinNE on March 13, 2013 at 2:54 PM

If you had a iPad, there’s probably an app for that. :)

platypus on March 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

I’m not Catholic but I’m fascinated by this.

joekenha on March 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

You have no idea how fortunate you are.

platypus on March 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

As my son-in-law says…

Waiting breathlessly for the results of the “Sweet Sistine” !!!

marybel on March 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Looks like it is Scola per twitter.

nazo311 on March 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I’ll join the church if the new pope launches a global anti-jihad crusade.

TX-eye on March 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

marybel: *ROFL* That’s awesome! :)

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I’ve found this process fascinating. Seems I’m the only one who remembers that the Pope isn’t just the head of the Catholic Church, he’s also a head of State…

DStreete on March 13, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Peter the Roman???

cebj25 on March 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Listening on the radio at work. Live feed said the new pope would be on his way out any moment now; station broke into it for top-of-the-hour news. Arrgh…

affenhauer on March 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

TX-eye: If you’re expecting a secular response to the existential threat of Islamic Jihad, I think you’re about a thousand years too late.

After all, the world certainly seems to have condemned the _last_ time the Church did anything at the request of a world leader about that matter.

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Well, that sounded racist.

J.S.K. on March 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

But what doesn’t these days?

Still, affirmative action PC selections are so 2008. And that’s how it would be viewed.

MechanicalBill on March 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

“NBC News is carrying it live…”

Is Axelrod comparing Obowma to the Pope…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Meh, when the majority of Catholics in America think abortion and SSM should be legal rights, it really matters very little who the next Pope is. It’s not like he’s going to have the Spiritual stones to excommunicate those so called Catholics.

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Petrus called Romani, he goes to the house.

The Rogue Tomato on March 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Habemus Papam, Catholics! The only Latin I knew before this was e pluribus unum and persona non grata. (Don’t ask.)

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

…and when so many voted for Obama, twice…

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

i’m not catholic (although i’m Christian) but still watching to see who the new pope will be. normally i don’t care much about the pope but… why not watch now, this is exciting. i’m watching fox though.

Sachiko on March 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

SWalker: And when do American Catholics wield power _in the eyes of the Church_ disproportionate to their size?

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I wonder what name Obama will take as new Pope.

VinceOfDoom on March 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Get ready to be disappointed.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Was there a RINO up for Pope?

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

The Pope that is retiring is German, the previous was Polish, more than 90% before that were Italian. If the new Pope is NOT Italian, then that could actually signal a change in the Catholic Church.

bigmike on March 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Well, that sounded racist.

J.S.K. on March 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Probably a liberal (and a racist, too).

An African pop would be awesome. Cardinal Arinze (I’ve met him) would have made a great one, but he’s too old now.

Ward Cleaver on March 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

…and when so many voted for Obama, twice…

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Yup, that alone should have them permanently excommunicated.

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

If they didn’t pick Obama then it’s just cause they’re racist.

SoRight on March 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Don’t go to NBC for the live broadcast.

Here is a link to the live Holy See webfeed;

http://tinyurl.com/3stfa

Marcus Traianus on March 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

i would be so nervous to come out there in front of all those people, haha

Sachiko on March 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

My bet , O doesn’t acknowledge .

Lucano on March 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Peter the Roman???

cebj25 on March 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

The “prophecy” is a forgery.

Ward Cleaver on March 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Vince: You joke, but I know someone that was turned off of Benedict on his elevation _because he changed his name_. Apparently, he didn’t know that Popes take a new name upon elevation.

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

SWalker: And when do American Catholics wield power _in the eyes of the Church_ disproportionate to their size?

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Are you saying American Catholics are obese? Or skinny? Can’t tell.

Midas on March 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Who CARES who it is ? The important thing is that Ed is there !

listens2glenn on March 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

marybel: *ROFL* That’s awesome! :)
Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Thanks. I wasn’t clever enough to think of it myself, so I had to give credit. Had the same reaction when he said it last week!

Sweet Sistine, indeed!

marybel on March 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM

http://tinyurl.com/3stfa

Marcus Traianus on March 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

That is a great view.

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Midas: I would say that Americans, spiritually speaking, resemble certain indigent populations in Africa, nutritionally speaking; and vice versa.

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM

marybel: I wish I could come up with things half so clever. ;)

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Seems I’m the only one who remembers that the Pope isn’t just the head of the Catholic Church, he’s also a head of State…

DStreete on March 13, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Congratulations on having a memory superior to everyone else!

J.S.K. on March 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

I wonder what name Obama will take as new Pope.

VinceOfDoom on March 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

The Lord Jesus Christ

MechanicalBill on March 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Yeah, I have respect for Catholics as fellow Christians, and yet… am extremely annoyed that they haven’t turned folks like Pelosi and company away at the door. Will never understand how they seem to let these folks go out and proclaim themselves Catholics, blatantly misrepresent their faith, vigorously undertake things that are in direct opposition to Christian teaching, and… simply not say or do anything about it. Disappointing.

Midas on March 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Window!

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 3:12 PM

The process now includes time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, which adds to the length.

Ed, you may want to explain this to the non-Catholics out here. Since a majority of American Catholics (to my knowledge) are hazy on Eucharistic Adoration, I’m pretty sure the non-Catholics are pretty lost.

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:12 PM

finally…

Sachiko on March 13, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Better not be an african or asian pope.

Seven Seas on March 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Why not?

Jackalope on March 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Pope Franciscus? SP? An Argentinian, wow.

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Congratulations to the church for another peaceful change in leadership. I haven’t seen a single Cardinal listed as papabile who would be a disaster, I think. I would prefer Sean Cardinal O’malley.

Jason Taylor Sacked You on March 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

SWalker: And when do American Catholics wield power _in the eyes of the Church_ disproportionate to their size?

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Are you stuck on stupid? Seriously? In what insane bizarro world does your question hold any relevance what so ever to my statement?

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Excuse my spelling…

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Pope Francis…

affenhauer on March 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Midas: If you think you’re annoyed, you can imagine how the more ‘traditional’ Catholics feel! (I count myself among that number.)

It’s like having an incredibly embarrassing sibling, and your parent doesn’t rein them in.

I understand the arguments, but I do wish that there’d be an interdict against them. And, just like the illegal immigration issue really being about enforcing against the employers, the people the Church should really target are the priests and/or bishops who continue to administer the Sacraments to these people.

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Better not be an african or asian pope.

Seven Seas on March 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM

well we now know that he isn’t but, who cares if he had been? why does it matter?

Sachiko on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

white Hispanic!

Ben Hur on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Jesuit.

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

…don’t cry for me Argentina!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, S.J. has been the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. He is considered to be a relatively conservative member of the Catholic Church, though he has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice.

hotair hardest hit.

sesquipedalian on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Pope Francis!

Lily on March 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

anyone know anything about this new Pope?

Raquel Pinkbullet on March 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

OK. Technically Italian.

Ben Hur on March 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

76 years old?

El_Terrible on March 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

anyone know anything about this new Pope?

Raquel Pinkbullet on March 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Staunch conservative according to the radio.

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Pope Franciscus? SP? An Argentinian, wow.

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Ohhh.. A longshot. I don’t even think that he was high on any lists.

Glad that they finally went outside of Europe.

Illinidiva on March 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

I wonder what name Obama will take as new Pope.

VinceOfDoom on March 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Barky The First.

TarheelBen on March 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Is it true they all consulted Sandra Fluke on this decision?

CycloneCDB on March 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Okay, anyone betting on Malachy’s prophecy lost a bundle of money today. Although I’m sure some people will find a way to make this “Pope Francis Sinatra I” fit “Peter of Rome”.

The Rogue Tomato on March 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Pope Francis then. My Mother-In-Law will be happy now that there’s a new Pope.

On to the next event.

44Magnum on March 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

SWalker: Why should the Pope care about American Catholics more than other Catholics? I realize that we Americans generally believe that people should listen to us more than others, but at least as far as the Catholic Church goes, we are about the opposite of a superpower.

Scott H on March 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

hotair hardest hit.

sesquipedalian on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

not if the “conservative” part is true, which i hope it is =)

Sachiko on March 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

hotair hardest hit.

sesquipedalian on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Is everything political for you?

Raquel Pinkbullet on March 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

The first Argentinian, the first Jesuit and the first Francis.

sentinelrules on March 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Jesuit.

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Latin American Jesuit, so he’s a Marxist, pretty much means Ed will absolutely love him.

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

I wonder what name Obama will take as new Pope.

VinceOfDoom on March 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

The Lord Jesus Christ
MechanicalBill on March 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

I felt blasphemous reading that.

freedomfirst on March 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

sesquipedalian on March 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Bergoglio is an accomplished theologian who distanced himself from liberation theology early in his career. He is thought to be close to Comunione e Liberazione, a conservative lay movement.

steebo77 on March 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

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