Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina announced as new Pope

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Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected as the new head of the Catholic Church.

White smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel chimney shortly after 1800 GMT, signalling the election of a new Pope,

Crowds in Vatican City cheered and bells rang out as the announcement was made on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica.

He will replace Pope Benedict XVI, who stepped down last month saying he was no longer strong enough to lead the Church.

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