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White Smoke Over Sistine Chapel- The New Pope Has Been Chosen

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By Susan Duclos

After black smoke arose over the chimney on the Sistine Chapel twice, signaling no new pope had been chosen, finally watchers saw white smoke come out, and the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica started ringing, meaning a new pope has been chosen.

Via ABC News:

A roar of cheers arose from the thousands of people awaiting the signal outside the Vatican.

The 115 cardinal electors began the conclave on Tuesday following the
resignation of Benedict XVI, the first pontiff to resign in 600 years.
At least a two-thirds majority — 77 votes — was required to elect the
next pope.

French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the senior cardinal in the order of
the deacons, is expected to step onto the balcony of St. Peter’s
Basilica shortly to announce, “Habemus Papam,” Latin for “We have a

Tauran will then reveal the pontiff’s birth name and the name he has chosen for himself as pope. 

 Post will be updated with the name and chosen name of the new pope when it is announced.


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