A new pope has been selected for the Catholic Church.
The new Pope for the 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church is Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina.
He becomes the first Latin American to lead the Catholic Church.
He has chosen to be called Pope Francis de 1st.
White smoke has risen from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican city where 115 cardinals are gathered to elect a new pope for the Catholic Church.
The White smoke means that the 115 cardinals in the papal conclave have elected a new pope for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The Cardinals have been gathered since Tuesday and had two unsuccessful voting sessions.
The identity of the new pope will be revealed shortly.
Pope Francis’ schedule for coming days
Pope Francis’ papacy will commence with Mass on Thursday, March 14 in the Sistine Chapel together with the cardinals at 5 p.m.
Pope Francis will pay a private visit to Santa Maria Maggiore the same day, where he will ask for the Blessed Virgin’s protection and intercession during his pontificate.
On March 15 at 11 a.m. he will officially welcome and address the cardinals, both those who elected him and those who are over 80.
On Saturday March 16, Pope Francis will hold an audience for journalists and media representatives in the Paul VI Hall.
He will give an Angelus address on Sunday.
Pope Francis’ inauguration as Bishop of Rome will be held Tuesday, March 19 at St. Peter’s Square.
The Pope would be known as Pope Francis, not Pope Francis the First, a statement from the Vatican has said.
The new Pope cooks for himself.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I, was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He is a Jesuit and is 76. He is the first Latin American Pope and the first Jesuit Pope. In 2005, he received the second-most votes in the conclave the elected Pope Benedict.
He entered the Society of Jesus in 1958, and obtained a licentiate in philosophy. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and was a theology professor. He was a provincial leader for the Society and a seminary rector.
Pope Francis is a conservative and strongly opposed to abortion and gay right. He is considered as a prefect that will protect the catholic teaching from external influences. He has been known to criticize priests who refuses to baptize children born out of wedlock.
Pope Francis asks for prayers as he embark on his Papacy journey.
Profile: Pope Francis
Born: Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Education: Studied at Theological Faculty of San Miguel. Received licentiate in philosophy.
Ordained for the Jesuits on Dec. 13, 1969.
Languages: Besides his native Spanish, Bergoglio also speaks Italian and German.
The Pope bows to receive blessings from faithfuls.
The new Pope makes his first public speech, with a prayer for the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis appears, in White papal cap, and white Cassock, waving to a thunderous cheer from the faithfuls in St. Peter’s Square.
The new Pope will be revealed to the public in no time. Pope Francis has a very high profile in Latin America.
The Catholic Church gets the first Latin American Pope, His Papal name will be St. Francis the First, Reuters says.
The Pope’s Identity has been revealed, the archbishop of Buenos Aries from Argentina. Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
The words announcing the new Pope were pronounced in Latin.
The new Pope is about to be announced.
The window is open
The smoke, known as the “fumata” in Italian, was seen rising from the chimney at 7:06 p.m. local time. It was accompanied by the ringing of bells at St. Peter’s to tell the world that two-thirds of the 115 cardinals gathered in the conclave had come to an agreement in casting their ballots for the new Pope.
The smoke came early this time because none of the voting Cardinals were in the infirmary. Healthier cardinals meant earlier smoke signals.
The identity of the new Holy Father will be revealed shortly, and he will greet the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square from the balcony of the basilica after he receives the “Keys” from Jesus Christ, the head of the Church.
Papal twitter account was reactivated immediately after the White smoke rose signalling a key regard for social media as a means of outreach by the Vatican.
No hint of the identity of the new pope emerged before the White Smoke. The Vatican had taken precautions, including electronic jamming devices, to prevent any leaks from inside the conclave.
The new Pope’s name will be said in Latin and then his new (Papal) name after. A lot of excitement in the Square as more faithfuls flock in to witness the new Pope.
The new Pope is the 266th for the Catholic Church. He will succeed Pope Benedict XVI who suddenly abdicated last month.
The new Pope was elected on the second day of voting in Conclave after five voting sessions.
Thousands of Catholics are gathered in the St. Peter’s Square waiting to catch the first glimpse of the new Pope.