The bells of St. Peter‘s are ringing and the crowds are cheering. Just moments after 7 p.m. local time, white smoke from the Sistine Chapel indicated “Habemus Papam.” We have a Pope!
|Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected pope, to be called Pope Francis|
|Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, a 76-Jesuit intellectual, greeted the world as Pope Francis after he was elected by the conclave of cardinals on Wednesday evening.
Thousands of followers gathering in the rain of St Peter’s Square had waited excitedly for the 266th pope to appear in the balcony above them. “Long live the pope!” people in the crowd chanted.
The new pontiff, successor to Benedict XVI, gained the required two-thirds majority on the fifth ballot on Wednesday, a day after the 115 voting cardinals had gathered to begin their conclave. Joseph Ratzinger was elected at the fourth round on the second day of the conclave in 2005.
The white smoke appeared at 7.06pm local time.http://link.ft.com/r/FG6LAA/WHVZG7/9ZK5EA/KQ42EG/Q32ZBT/FW/h?
And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed, even in heaven. Matthew 16: 18-19
- Vene Sancte Spiritus! Extra omnes! Habemus Papam! (soulbrotherspeaks.com)
- Conclave begins Tuesday for electing pope (worldbulletin.net)
- Secret Sistine Chapel Vote Starts as Cardinals Seek Pope (bloomberg.com)