New Pope elected
White smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel
chimney in the Vatican City Wednesday announced to the world that
cardinals gathered inside have elected a new Pope to head the
Catholic Church, BBC
City: Cardinals elected Cardinal Bergoglio as new pope
to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday, overcoming
deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast
conclave, reported Assocated Press.
Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as the
new pope, skynews reported.
He will be the first ever non-European leader of the Catholic
The 76-year-old will be known as
Pope Francis I and appeared on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica
to cheers from tens of thousands of the gathered faithful.
Addressing the crowds, he acknowledged his status as the first
ever non-European pope, saying he comes from the "other end of the
Pope Francis I delivered a blessing
to "all men and women of good will" and called for "brotherhood"
in the Church.
The 115 cardinals had been deliberating throughout the day to find
a successor for Benedict XVI.
Earlier, tens of thousands of people who braved cold rain to watch the
smokestack atop the Sistine Chapel jumped in joy when white smoke
poured out a few minutes past 7 p.m., many shouting “Habemus Papam!”
or “We have a pope!” as the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica and
churches across Rome pealed.
While the voting for the pope is
billed as secret, with each cardinal guided only by his faith in
God, the process is ultimately a closed-door exercise in
consensus-building that cements fidelity to the Church's new
leader among the inner circle.