White smoke billowed from a Sistine Chapel chimney on Wednesday to show that a new pope has been elected to replace the frail Benedict XVI as leader of the world's 1.2 billon Catholics.
Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.
In one electrifying moment, the rain-soaked crowd on St. Peter's Square lit up with a frenzy of passion. Before, the pilgrims were orderly and polite, subdued by suspense and unyielding rain. After, complete mayhem as it became clear that white smoke was billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney.
VATICAN CITY—Three rounds of ballots had been cast with no winner, but it was becoming clear which way this conclave was headed.