Argentine Jorge Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

NEW YORK -

Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, 76, was elected pope Wednesday and chose the name Francis, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas. Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 vote that produced Pope Benedict XVI — who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.

According to a JTA report, Cardinal Bergoglio was the first public personality to sign a petition for justice in the  AMIA Buenos Aires Jewish center bombing case. He was also one of the 85 signatories on a document as part of the bombing’s 11th anniversary, called  “85 victims, 85 signatures.” He also visited the rebuilt AMIA building in June 2010,  and in November 2012, he hosted a Kristallnacht  memorial event at the Buenos Aires. He also has worked loosely with the Latin American Jewish Congress.