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White smoke: New pope chosen; Updated

By Doug Powers  •  March 13, 2013 02:38 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

White smoke rising.

Elected on the fifth ballot:

Cardinals elected a new pope to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday, overcoming deep divisions to select the 266th pope in a remarkably fast conclave.

Tens of thousands of people who braved cold rain to watch the smokestack atop the Sistine Chapel jumped in joy when white smoke poured out, many shouting “Habemus Papam!” or “We have a pope!” — as the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica and churches across Rome tolled, signaling a pontiff had been chosen.

The pope, whose identity isn’t yet known, is due to emerge from the loggia overlooking St. Peter’s Square to deliver his first words as the Bishop of Rome.

More details to come. We’re still waiting for the introduction.

Live video here.

Chuckles while we wait:


Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was named as the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Photo gallery here.

Update II: TMZ has some shocking — shockingnews about the new pope’s position on a couple of issues:


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