URGENT ¥¥¥ Philippines' Aquino hails new pope's 'boundless promise'

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday hailed the election of the first Latin American pope, saying he brings "boundless promise" and the hope of unifying all people around the world.

Aquino also welcomed the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio for becoming the first Jesuit pope, while expressing hope the 76-year-old Argentinian will be able to rebuild confidence in the Catholic Church and other institutions.