Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina becomes first Jesuit pope

Newly elected Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

Newly elected Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (3/14/13)

EDISON - Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina became the first Jesuit pope Wednesday.

The Jesuits were a religious order founded in the 1500s by St. Ignacious. Like the Benedictines or the Franciscans, the Jesuits were among dozens of 'orders' within the Catholic church. The Jesuits have become the largest missionary order among Catholics and are well known for education. They run Fordham, Georgetown and St. Peter's in Jersey City.

Bergoglio is also the first Latin-American born pope. He took his name Francis from St. Francis of the Assisi, who founded the Franciscan Order.

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