Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi on Thursday greeted Argentine Jorge Bergoglio on being elected as 266{+t}{+h}pontiff of Roman Catholic Church.

In a statement, the DMK chief said he was happy to note that he was the first South American to be elected Pope.

He had led a simple life for a long time.

Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali also greeted the new Pope.

He hoped that the latter would bring peace to the world, irrespective of caste, creed or religion to know and understand the religious beliefs, values and feelings of the people of other faiths for the purpose of promoting communal harmony and better understanding to live together.