Today in History: March 13, Pope Francis is elected

Today marks a historic day in the Catholic Church and around the world as Pope Francis was elected on March 13, 2013. Pope Francis, 76, is the first Jesuit pope and the first ever from South America.

The election of Pope Francis was a significant moment in history. He was the 266th bishop of Rome and the first non-European pope in more than 1,200 years. He is also the first pope to take the name Francis, which is a symbol of the pope's dedication to the poor.

Pope Francis has been a strong advocate for social justice and has called for a more compassionate and inclusive church. He has also taken a more progressive stance on issues such as climate change and LGBT rights.

The election of Pope Francis has had a ripple effect around the world, inspiring Catholics and non-Catholics alike to embrace his message of mercy and inclusion. His papacy has been a source of hope and inspiration for many, both within the church and beyond.

Pope Francis' election has been a beacon of hope for many, showing that the Catholic Church is capable of change and progress. On this day in history, March 13, 2013, the world witnessed the election of a pope who has become a symbol of inclusion, mercy and justice.