New Pope is Elected

This is from CBC NEWS WORLD 

A new pope has been chosen to lead the Roman Catholic Church.

The emergence of white smoke from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican indicated to the world that cardinals have elected a new leader for 1.2 billion Catholics.

The name and nationality of the new pope has not been made public yet.

The newly elected pope will be fitted for his white cassock, and the other cardinals in the conclave will then each individually swear obedience to him.

Before he appears on a balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square, the new pope will stop to pray in the Pauline Chapel.

Ahead of the appearance on the balcony, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the protodeacon, will announce “Habemus Papam,” Latin for “We have a pope!”

The new pope was selected after XXX ballots failed to produce a winner during a conclave that began Tuesday.

  • Peg

    Am watching CBS now it’s so exciting! Seeing people coming together from all over the world in anticipation is so marvelous…WOW

  • Manny

    I’m watching on TV. No mention yet. I’m on pins and needles!!!!

  • Karyl

    I am glad to receive the news from you and not the media. You have your facts straight and can be trusted. Recently I read a newstory from three souces in the Peoria, IL area and one story had the details so confused it was like vegetable soup! Make me think, Please, please don’t put a reporteer on a jury!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Well Karyl … I did say Latin instead of Italian. (blush) But thanks!

  • Dale

    Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina is now Pope Franciscus! :)

    The first pope to also be a Jesuit, he has a reputation among conservatives for holding the line against liberalizing influences in the Jesuit order. Among moderates, he has a reputation for concern for the poor and the developing world.

    He is 76 years old, and reportedly was the runner-up in the last papal conclave.

  • pagansister

    How many popes have been under 70 something? Was Pope John Paul II one of the youngest? I know he was in office for a long time.

  • Dale

    Here is a handy table, which you can sort by order of papacy, age when elected, how long he was pope, etc

    Being elected while in one’s 60s is not unusual. The fifties are more uncommon. But younger than that requires going all the way back to the middle ages.

    From news reports over the course of the past decades, I think the cardinals are wary of another pope serving as long as John Paul II (who was 56 years old when elected, and served for 26 years.) Many feel that it is unhealthy for the Church for one person to have so much influence on it for such a long time.

    However, Pius IX served for nearly 32 years back in the 1800s, so it isn’t unprecedented.

    • Dale

      erm… I meant to type “From news reports over the past decade” (singular, not plural!)