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Tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square on Wednesday celebrated with Argentina Latin America's first pope – Jorge Mario Bergoglio – with many hoping he will revolutionise the Church. 

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New Pope, Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio appears at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. Filippo Monteforte/AFP

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Vatican crowd shares Argentina's joy at new pope

By Ella Ide (AFP)  

White smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel meaning that cardinals elected a new pope on the second day of their secret conclave. Filippo Monteforte/AFP

VATICAN CITY — Tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square on Wednesday celebrated with Argentina Latin America's first pope – Jorge Mario Bergoglio – with many hoping he will revolutionise the Church.

Newly elected Pope Francis I was met with a roar from an ecstatic crowd as he appeared in his papal whites for the first time on a balcony high up on the basilica's facade and stood as if humbled before the wild applause and tears in the crowd.

After waiting in the rain for hours, people roared with delight when white smoke billowed out of the Sistine Chapel chimney at a few minutes after 7:00 pm local time, signalling a new pope had been chosen after five rounds of voting.

There was then an agonising hour-long wait for the faithful from all over the world, who stood shoulder to shoulder in the darkness until the identity of the new pope was revealed.

The 76-year-old emerged on to the balcony of St Peter's Basilica to a cry of "Habemus Papam!" ("We Have a Pope!") and "long live the pope!"

The new pontiff looked overwhelmed, and took a moment to compose himself before greeting the crowd, which fell silent and held a collective breath as they waited for his first words.

A nun waits for the announcement of the new pope under the colonnade as the rain continued to fall on St Peter's square on Wednesday at the Vatican. Johannes Eisele/AFP

"Dear brothers and sisters, good evening!" he said with a smile, sparking rapturous applause from nuns, priests, school children and pilgrims who gazed up at the papal balcony.

"I can't believe it! An Argentinian pope!" said Silvia Pastormerlo, a 50-year-old from Argentina, while Jose Garcia, 24, from Mendoza, said "I'm really pleased he's an Argentinian! My mum burst into tears when it was announced."

Fathers propped children up on their shoulders to get a better view of the new pope.

"He has such a kind face! He spoke to us as if he was one of us, I think it is an excellent sign!" said Sarah Hopper, a Catholic student from America.

There was joy too from Europeans in the crowd.

"I'm overwhelmed, I never would have thought it would be an Argentinian. I thought the Church was too traditional and Eurocentric for that," said Greta Hinder, 24, from the Netherlands.

cardinal – a priest of the highest rank in the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinals elect and advise the Pope  พระในศาสนาคริสต์ที่มีลำดับชั้นสูงสุด
basilica – a large church or hall with a curved end and two rows of columns inside โบสถ์นิกายโรมันคาทอลิก
balcony – a place where you can stand just outside an upper window. It sticks out from the wall of a building ระเบียง
revolutionise – to completely change something so that it is much better ทำให้เกิดการเปลี่ยนแปลงอย่างสิ้นเชิง
roar – a loud continuous noise เสียงดังลั่น
ecstatic – extremely happy or pleased ปิติ ยินดียิ่ง
façade – the front of a building, especially one that is large or impressive ด้านหน้าของตึกที่แสดงรายละเอียดของสถาปัตยกรรม, ส่วนหน้าของอาคาร
humbled – feeling less important or proud ที่อ่อนน้อมถ่อมตน
applause – showing enjoyment or approval of something such as a performance or speech by clapping the hands repeatedly to make a noise การปรบมือแสดงความชื่นชม
chapel – a separate part of a temple or church โบสถ์เล็ก, ห้องสวดมนต์
conclave – a meeting to discuss something in private; the people at this meeting  การประชุมลับ
delight – a feeling of great happiness and pleasure ความปลื้มปิติ
billow – to spread over a large area ทำให้พอง
agonising – very unpleasant and seeming to happen very slowly ซึ่งสร้างความเจ็บปวดทางใจและกายอย่างมาก
the faithful – people who believe in a religion; the loyal supporters of a political party ผู้จงรักภักดี
shoulder – one of the two parts of your body between your neck and the top of your arms ไหล่
identity – who or what somebody/something is  ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
reveal – to let something become known เปิดเผย
emerged – came out ปรากฏให้เห็น
overwhelmed – so affected emotionally by something that it is difficult for you to resist or know how to react; confused and not certain what to do งุนงงอย่างที่สุด
compose – to manage to control your feelings or expression ตั้งสติ
silent – very quiet; without sound เงียบ
hold your breath – to stop breathing for a short time, especially because of excitement, worry, etc.
held their collective breath – (of a crowd of people) to not breathe for a short time
nun – woman who belongs to a religious community and who lives in a temple, convent, etc. นางชี, แม่ชี
colonnade – a row of stone columns with equal spaces between them, usually supporting a roof  แนวเสาระเบียง, แนวเสาหิน
spark – to make something happen ก่อให้เกิด
rapturous – expressing extreme pleasure or enthusiasm for somebody/something ซึ่งปลาบปลื้มสูงสุด
pilgrim – a person who travels to a holy place for religious reasons ผู้แสวงบุญ
gaze – to look at something or someone for a long time, especially in surprise, admiration or because you are thinking about something else มองดู, เพ่งมอง,จ้องมอง
burst into tears – to suddenly start crying ร้องไห้
prop – to support พยุง, ยัน
traditional – of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time ตามธรรมเนียม
Eurocentric – centered or focused on Europe or European people; viewing the world from a European point of view

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