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A historic, yet conventional, leader

Like most of those in Argentina, he is a soccer fan, his ­favorite team being the underdog San Lorenzo squad. Known for his outreach to the country’s poor, he gave up a palace for a small apartment, rode public transportation instead of a chauffeur-driven car, and cooked his own meals.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, who was chosen as the new pope on Wednesday by a gathering of Catholic cardinals, is in some ways a history-making pontiff, the first from the Jesuit order and the first non-European to fill the job in more than 1,200 years.

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