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Transcript 19152

Election Of New Pope

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Gillard, Julia

Period of Service: 24/06/2010 to 27/06/2013

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Release Date: 14/03/2013

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 19152


The Australian Government congratulates Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, on his election this morning as the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

The election of a Pope from the "new world" is an occasion of genuinely historic proportions.

Today is an exciting day for Australian Catholics and perhaps especially for Australians of Argentinian descent. My thoughts are with them all.

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