Former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was picked as the new pope on Wednesday and will now go by the name of Pope Francis.
Here are some facts about the new pope:
- He's the first non-European pope in modern times.
- He was the runner-up to Pope Benedict, the man he's replacing, at the 2005 conclave.
- He's 76 years old and only has one lung, after losing one to infection when he was a teenager.
- He's considered an intellectual who lives a modest life, often traveling by bus and cooking his own meals.
- He often visits slums and tries to help the poor.
- He's believed to be theologically orthodox and socially conservative.
- He was against Argentina's gay marriage laws and contraception.
- He tried to repair the church's reputation in his home country after it failed to speak out on Argentina's murdering dictatorship that controlled the country from 1976 through 1983.
Although it's believed that he will try to address the financial and sex scandals that have rocked the Church in recent years, don't expect big changes with Pope Francis at the helm. The National Catholic Reporter's John Allen wrote, "No matter what happens, the church almost certainly won't reverse its bans on abortion, gay marriage or women priests."