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Thousands Celebrate Puff of White Smoke, Selection of New Pope

Thousands Celebrate Puff of White Smoke, Selection of New Pope
Reuters

After an unusually short conclave, the cardinals have selected a new Pope, the 266th pontiff. His name will not be revealed until he appears on the balcony in front of St. Peter's Basilica. Across the Vatican, one could hear cheers from thousands of rain-soaked faithful. According to the New York Times:

“Habemus papam!,” the crowd shouted in Latin, waving their umbrellas. “We have a pope!”

Pictures from the scene below:


Faithful cheer as white smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel, indicating a new pope has been elected at the Vatican, March 13, 2013. White smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel and the bells of St. Peter's Basilica rang out on Wednesday, signaling that Roman Catholic cardinals had ended their conclave and elected a pope to succeed Benedict XVI. (Kevin Coombs/Reuters)


White smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. (Kevin Coombs/Reuters)


Faithful wait in the rain under umbrellas at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican March 13, 2013. (Paul Hanna/Reuters)


Faithful wait in the rain under umbrellas at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican March 13, 2013. After a first inconclusive vote, Cardinals began the process of choosing a new pope in earnest on Wednesday, praying for inspiration at the start of the first full day in a conclave to choose a leader for the Catholic Church. (Paul Hanna/Reuters)
 

Keywords: Pope, Catholic Church

Amanda Erickson is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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