White smoke signals cardinals have selected a new pope
Published March 13, 2013
White smoke billowed from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel Wednesday, indicating the cardinals have selected a new pope after two days worth of voting.
Cardinals have elected a successor to Benedict XVI, who stunned the Catholic world last month by becoming the first pope in 600 years to resign. Crowds packing St. Peter's Square were seen cheering the announcement as bells were ringing.
The new pope, who has yet to be identified, became the winner after receiving at least 77 votes, which is more than two thirds of the cardinals.
The new pope is expected to appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica within an hour, after a church official announces "Habemus Papum" -- "We have a pope" -- and gives the name of the new pontiff in Latin.
The conclave drama played out against the backdrop of the church's need both for a manager who can clean up a corrupt Vatican bureaucracy and a pastor who can revive Catholicism in a time of growing secularism.
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