A pope from new roots Bergoglio of Argentina to lead Catholic Church ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia Jorge Bergoglio appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica after being elected pope. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/reuters Newly elected Pope Francis bowed in prayer on a balcony at St. Peter’s Basilica. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP Francis blessed the crowd from the balcony. L’Osservatore Romano/getty images Thousands of people waited at St. Peter’s Square. Agustin Marcarian/reuters Roman Catholic faithful prayed during the first Mass to celebrate the election of Pope Francis, in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires. Raul ARBOLEDA/getty images A newspaper in Colombia announced the new pontiff. JOE CASTRO/epa A congregation gathered at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia, after the announcement of the new pope. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images The flag of Argentina was waved at St. Peter's Square. ENRIQUE GARCIA MEDINA /epa Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is seen with poor people and drug addicts in Buenos Aires during the Holy Thursday celebration on March 20, 2008. Reuters from Cardinalseansblog.org Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley is seen with Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio at his residence in Buenos Aires on Dec. 5, 2010. reuters Jorge Bergoglio, second from left back row, is seen with his family in an undated photo. reuters Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is seen in an undated photo. Pablo Leguizamon/associated press In this 2008 photo, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio rode the subway in Buenos Aires. AP Photo/Michael Sohn Onlookers in St. Peter's Square took photos as Francis spoke to the crowd. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty images The massive crowd waved flags and signs as they packed St. Peter’s Square. AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino A reader held the first edition of the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano after the election of Pope Francis. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP Photo A woman displayed rosary beads after white smoke billowed from the chimney. Alessandra Tarantino/AP Francis waved to the crowd. AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky Tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square to witness the first appearance of the new pope. AFP/Getty images A huge crowd watched as the new pope appeared at the balcony. TONY GENTILE/ REUTERS The white smoke signaled that a new pope had been selected. AFP/Getty Images Crowds reacted in St. Peter's Square after white smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. KEVIN COOMBS/reuters Faithful reacted as the smoke rose from the chimney.