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Balcony where new pope will be introduced seen on facade of St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican
The central balcony where the new pope will be introduced to the world is seen on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica behind the statue of St. Peter at the Vatican Feb. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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White smoke pours out of the Sistine Chapel chimney, letting the world know, we have a pope. (Screenshot)
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Pope Francis I, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, makes his first appearance as pope. (Screenshot)

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The Catholic Telegraph

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White smoke rose from the roof of the Sistine Chapel Wednesday and bells tolled throughout the Vatican, announcing to the world the joyous news, “Habemus papam”, which is Latin for “We have a pope.”

The cardinals elected Argentine Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. He has taken the name Francisco, or Francis.

The smoke signal went off at 7:05 p.m. Rome time. The 115 cardinals gathered to elect the 266th successor of Peter had taken one vote late March 12 and two votes the next morning, resulting in clouds of black smoke. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was elected on the fourth ballot of the 2005 conclave.

Refresh this page throughout the day as The Catholic Telegraph continues to bring you up to the moment news of the new pope, His Holiness Pope Francis.

The Catholic News Service contributed to this report.

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