Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires Argentina is the new pope. He is the first Jesuit pope of all time and 266th successor of Saint Peter.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio is an Argentine of Italian descent. he chose the name Pope Francis I.
The election came on the first full day of voting by the 115 cardinal-electors, who secluded themselves behind the Vatican’s medieval walls on Tuesday afternoon – more quickly than many had expected.
On a cold and drizzly night in the Vatican City, the tension was broken after five voting sessions, with the arrival of white smoke from the chimney on the top of the Sistine Chapel.
Hundreds of people sprinted up the Grand Avenue towards St Peter’s Square.
To the delighted surprise of many, clouds of white smoke poured from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel March 13, indicating a pope had been elected on the conclave’s fifth ballot.
The smoke signal went off at 7:05 p.m. (8:05 Ugandan 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.
After an hour, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the top-ranking cardinal deacon, came out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and confirmed the election with the phrase “Habemus papam” (We have a pope).
The white smoke comes from burning the ballots and cardinals’ notes and tallies along with special chemicals to produce abundant white smoke.
But the world did not know the identity of the new pope right away. While the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica rang out the news of the election of the new pope, he was inside the Sistine Chapel changing into papal vestments and praying with the cardinals who just elected him.
He also was scheduled to stop on his way to the balcony to pray briefly before the Blessed Sacrament in the Pauline Chapel, where the cardinals began their solemn procession into the conclave March 12.
Additional Reporting By Agencies