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Newly elected Pope Francis waves as he leaves the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

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Pope Francis, flanked at left by Cardinal Agostino Vallino, and at right by Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, walks inside St. Mary Major Basilica.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: L'Osservatore Romano

Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends his first private Mass as Pope Francis in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

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A vendor sells newspapers with a front-page picture of the newly elected Pope Francis.

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Francis became the 266th pope after Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI's resignation last month and after five rounds of voting by 115 cardinal electors.

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Jenny Di Virgilio puts last touches of paint to a statuette of the new Pope Francis in a Christmas crib shop.

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A view of St. Peter's Square and the city of Rome as seen from the top of St.Peter's Basilica.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oded Balilty / Associated Press

Newly elected Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica.

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Crowds cheer after white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected in St. Peter's Square.

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A general view shows St Peter's square when white smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

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Crowds cheer after white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dmitry Lovetsky / Associated Press

A pilgrim kisses a cross after white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dmitry Lovetsky / Associated Press

Visitors wait for the chimney smoke in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope at the Vatican.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oded Balilty / Associated Press

A woman holds a cross as she waits in St. Peter's Square on the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope.

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Black smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel past St Paul's statue, meaning that cardinals failed to elect a new pope in the second ballot of their secret conclave.

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Nuns on Saint Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave in Vatican City.

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A seagull stands on a statue of St Peter while faithful with umbrellas gather at St. Peter's Square to wait for the smoke announcing the result of the second vote of the conclave.

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People carry a cross through St. Peter's Square as they wait for news on the election of a new pope.

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Nuns stand under the Bernini colonnade in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luca Bruno / Associated Press

People under umbrellas wait in St. Peter's Square for news on the election of a new pope in Vatican City.

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A view of the bare feet of a pilgrim as the faithful wait for the smoke to rise from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

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Catholics in the Philippines held a vigil to pray for the world's cardinals as they began a conclave to select a new pope.

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Cardinals wait in line in the Sistine Chapel to swear on a Bible that they will never reveal the secrets of their deliberations during the papal conclave.

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A video monitor at St. Peter's Square shows Monsignor Guido Marini, master of liturgical ceremonies, closing the double doors to the Sistine Chapel.

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Visitors to St. Peter's Square watch large screens displaying live footage from inside the Sistine Chapel as cardinals prepare to start the papal conclave.

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Visitors to St. Peter's Square stand in the rain as cardinals meet in the Sistine Chapel to choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

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The 115 cardinals who will choose a new pope take part in a mass in St. Peter's Basilica before starting the papal conclave.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Evandro Inetti / MCT

The Roman Catholic Church's 115 cardinal electors take part in a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica before entering the papal conclave.

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Cardinal Angelo Sodano leads the Mass known as the Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice, a final step before the cardinals shut themselves away in the Sistine Chapel to vote for a successor to Benedict XVI.

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A pilgrim kneels on the cobblestones of St. Peter's Square while inside St. Peter's Basilica cardinals celebrate Mass before entering the papal conclave.

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Catholic faithful attend and record the historic Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass at St. Peter's Basilica.

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A man prays at the Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass.

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Faithful gather in St. Peter's Square as cardinals participate in the Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass.

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A follower kisses the hand of Cardinal Francis Arinze, 80, of Nigeria as he leaves St. Peter's Basilica after the Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass.

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Nuns from the Instituto Serve del Signore e della Vergine di Matara sing hymns under the colonnade in St. Peter's Square.

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A wax statue of Pope John Paul II is displayed in the window of the Rome wax museum.

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A cardinal adjusts his miter during the Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass.

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Cardinals including Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, center left, exit St. Peter's Basilica after Tuesday's Mass.

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A nun prays in front of the St. Peter's Basilica.

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The Sistine Chapel, its floor cleared in preparation, awaits the cardinals and the papal conclave that started Tuesday.

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The carved stone disk known as the West Ponente (West Wind) on St. Peter's Square on the first day of the papal conclave.

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Pigeons fly on St Peter's square in front of the balcony where the new pope Francis appeared for the first time the day before at the Vatican. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, now Pope Francis I embarked Thursday on a ground-breaking papacy as the first Latin American leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / Getty Images

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[ UPDATED March 14, 2013] VATICAN CITY — From his willingness to cook his own meals and get around by bus, to his choice of St. Francis as inspiration for his name, the new pope has stressed humility and a simple life that could signal a change in tone at the center of the Roman Catholic Church.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, 76, is the first person from the Americas and the first Jesuit to be elected pope. The son of a railway worker, he rose to become regional superior of the Jesuit order in Argentina and then an archbishop, spending most of his career teaching priests and advocating for the poor through times of economic crisis in his home nation.

FULL STORY: Humility and simple life lead Jesuit to papacy

[ UPDATED March 13, 2013]  VATICAN CITY — Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named the 266th pope Wednesday, succeeding Benedict XVI as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and inheriting a global church that is growing in some parts of the world but faces serious challenges at home and abroad.

[ UPDATED March 13, 2013] VATICAN CITY — Roman Catholic cardinals signaled Wednesday they had failed to agree on a new pope during the early session of the second day of secret voting inside the Sistine Chapel.

Black smoke rose from a stovepipe above the chapel before noon as ballots from the morning’s vote were burned because no single candidate had won support from at least two-thirds of the 115 cardinals gathered to choose a successor to Benedict XVI.

Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square under a sea of umbrellas and gave a shout as the smoke poured skyward. In contrast to the previous night, the smoke was slightly more gray than black, leading to some initial confusion.

FULL STORY: Round 2 of Vatican vote: Black smoke signals no new pope

[ VATICAN CITY -- March 12, 2013]  Steeped in tradition and pageantry, the ceremonies that will produce a new pope officially began Tuesday morning when 115 Roman Catholic cardinals celebrated Mass in the majestic St. Peter’s Basilica.

In resplendent red capes trimmed in gold, and with white miters soaring from their heads, the cardinals filed into the cathedral, two by two. The procession passed the tomb of St. Peter and the body of Pope Pius X, leading finally to the famous Bernini altar that dominates the church. There, each cardinal bowed to kiss the altar

The mass known as the Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice is a final step before the cardinals gather later Tuesday behind closed doors in the Sistine Chapel to vote for a successor to Benedict XVI, who last month became the first pope to resign in six centuries. It is not known how many days the election might take. Ballots are burned after each vote, producing black smoke when no candidate has reached a two-thirds majority, and white smoke when the pope is chosen.

FULL STORY: Conclave ceremonies underway at the Vatican

3 Comments

  1. March 12, 2013, 5:50 pm

    With the first resignation of a pope in 600 years and the possibility of a number of cardinals becoming the first non-european pope in over 1000 years, it's clear the church is at a crossroad. This photo really illustrates the emensity of the situation and the changes that are about the rock the foundation of the Vatican.

    By: Bigkc2002@gmail.com
  2. March 13, 2013, 1:18 pm

    All is well-cogratulations catholics

    By: Onyekachi ogbonna
  3. March 13, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Congratulations to all catholics

    By: Onyekachi ogbonna

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