White smoke: New pope elected

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 elected pope, chooses name Francis

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.

Mamma mia! Ecstatic scenes on St. Peter's Square

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.

When the number hit 77, the cardinals applauded

VATICAN CITY—Three rounds of ballots had been cast with no winner, but it was becoming clear which way this conclave was headed.

Pope Francis embarks on ground-breaking papacy

Pope Francis embarked Thursday on a ground-breaking papacy as the first Latin American leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and a Church in turmoil.