The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina as the new Pope took many around the world by surprise.
Cardinal Bergoglio – now Pope Francis – was not among those many had considered the frontrunners. At 76, he will be an older pontiff than many were expecting.
It is also the first time in more than a millennium that the Pope will hail from shores beyond Europe.
Argentines have been celebrating the news, as Alastair Leithead reports