Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio addressed tens of thousands of the faithful in St. Peter's Square late Wednesday after being chosen as the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church

Taking the name Francis I, the 76-year-old Jesuit becomes the 266th pontiff and the first from Latin America.

The archbishop of Buenos Aires prelate second in the voting at the 2005 conclave that chose then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to succeed John Paul II as Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned last month.

In his first appearance as pontiff, Francis I asked God to bless him on his new path of "love and brotherhood," before going on to quip that it seemed his fellow cardinals "have gone to the ends of the Earth to find the new pontiff," alluding to his homeland. EFE