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The Cardinals in the papal conclave, agreeing on Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, from Argentina, on Wednesday elected the first ever Pope to come from Latin America. A cheering crowd outside the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican greeted the new leader of the Catholic church, as white smoke was seen rising from the small chimney on the chapel roof.

For Latin America in general, and more specifically Argentina, having a Pope elected is likely to mean good business. The new Pope from Argentina is bound to push tourism revenues upwards at several Argentinian destinations to which Bergoglio, who will be called Francis, has connections. Those are several, apart from Bergoglio’s hometown Cordoba:

Of Italian descent, Bergoglio was, among other things, the Jesuit provincial for Argentina beginning in 1973, then rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel from 1980 to 1986, the Associated Press reports. After finishing his doctoral dissertation in Germany, he returned to Argentina to serve as a confessor and spiritual director in Cordoba, according to the press office of the Holy See. He was elevated to cardinal in February 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Bergoglio has also served as Arch Bishop of Buenos Aires, the El Pais reports.

The Associated Press reported that he was the son of Italian immigrants, and a doctrinal conservative known for his warm personality. The first Jesuit pope, he has spent most of his life teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of Catholics in the world, according to the AP.

Argentine hotel owners, t-shirt makers, tour guides and travel organizers will now gear up to be able capitalize from the election of the first ever latin American pope, as the rest of the Catholic world greets its new leader.



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