Cardinal From Outside of Europe Was Likely Major Factor in Pope Decision

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    115 cardinals likely knew they needed to get out beyond Europe, into the new world (Published Friday, Jan 17, 2014)

    (NECN/AP: Greg Wayland) – Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope Wednesday and chose the papal name Francis, becoming first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
        
    A stunned-looking Bergoglio shyly waved to the crowd of tens of thousands of people who gathered in St. Peter's Square, marveling that the cardinals had had to look to "the end of the earth" to find a bishop of Rome.
        
    He asked for prayers for himself, and for retired Pope Benedict XVI, whose stunning resignation paved the way for the tumultuous conclave that brought the first Jesuit to the papacy. The cardinal electors overcame deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast conclave.
        
    Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict - who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.

    At Cathedral of the Holy Cross, people in Boston are reacting to the news of the new pope. Once the news broke, people weren’t entirely sure what to think.

    Watch the attached video for more reaction from Greg Wayland.