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Election of first Latin American pope stuns analysts

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The election Wednesday of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Latin America's first pope stunned analysts who expected a more conservative choice. 

Argentina's cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (L), elected Pope Francis I, appears at the St Peter basilica after beeing elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican.

The self-effacing archbishop of his native Buenos Aires -- also the first Jesuit pope -- was nowhere near the top of the list of frontrunners to replace the retired Benedict XVI, and his election was a powerful signal to the region with the world's largest Catholic population that has demanded its rightful place in the Church.

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