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ROME (CNN) -- White smoke has risen from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, indicating that Roman Catholic cardinals have elected a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected the next pope, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announced Wednesday night from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. He is the first South American pope.

Bergoglio chose the name Pope Francis I.

Until last year, Bergoglio was the archbishop of Buenos Aires before stepping down because of his age. He is 76.

Bergoglio is considered a straight-shooter who calls things as he sees them, and a follower of the church's most conservative wing. He has clashed with the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over his opposition to gay marriage and free distribution of contraceptives.

Like the one in which Benedict XVI was chosen in 2005, this election didn't take long. The white smoke comes on just the conclave's second day.

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