The Vatican : The new Pope has been unveiled as Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who will take the name Pope Francis. He will be the first pope from Latin America.
He was welcomed by tens of thousands of overjoyed Catholics in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City after his election was revealed when white smoke poured out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel.
Tens of thousands cheered in St. Paul’s Square at the sight of the symbolic plumes, announcing that a successor to Benedict XVI had finally been chosen after two days of intense voting.
After hours braving the cold rain, the huge crowd chanted ‘Habemus Papam’ and ‘We have a pope’ – as the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica and other churches across Rome pealed.
As excitement grew before the new Pope’s imminent appearance on the loggia, the crowd repeated the refrain ‘Viva il Papa’ – translated as ‘Long live the Pope’.
The new Pope is expected to appear on the balcony of the Basilica within an hour, after a church official announced the decision to cardinals. He will first be dressed in his papal robes before joining in prayer with the other cardinals.
The conclave was called after Pope Benedict XVI resigned last month for health reasons, sending the church into turmoil and exposing deep divisions among cardinals tasked with finding a replacement to address issues within the church.
The challenges include a sexual abuse crisis that has undermined the church’s moral authority in the West.
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