BBC News said:
- Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as Pope Francis I
- The new pope will be the first pope to hail from from the Americas
- News greeted with joy by thousands in St Peter's Square
- The new pontiff will replace Benedict XVI who stood down last month for health reasons
- Pope Francis I is the first pope from the Americas, and the first from outside Europe in over a thousand years.
Thoughts on the election?
The Catholic Church finds itself at a difficult time, whilst Pope Benedict set the way for change, Pope Francis still has a lot of work to do to bring the Catholic Church back to its reputable standing.