New pope elected, white smoke seen from Sistine Chapel chimney (Video)

By on Mar 14, 2013 in Europe, World Comments

Updated: March 14, 2013 4:40 a.m.

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A new pope has been elected this Wednesday, March 13, 2013, after a white smoke was seen from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, as shown in the video below. Thousands of Catholics gathered in front of St Peter’s Square in Vatican City are now cheering with joy. The next pope will be the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

White smoke Sistine Chapel chimney

White smoke from Sistine Chapel chimney
Image Credit: CNN video

As shown live at CNN on Wednesday afternoon, the white smoke appeared at around 2 pm ET (7 pm in Rome), with bells in Vatican being heard ringing. This means that that a new pope has been chosen to replace Benedict XVI, 85, who resigned from his post effective February 28 citing “lack of strength of mind and body.”

According to the report, the new pope will leave the Sistine Chapel to wear his papal robes, and will go back inside the chapel to pray with the cardinals, who will fall in line to congratulate him. Then, he will return to Pauline Chapel to pray for some moments. This is only two days after the papal conclave started.

As reported earlier, the eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals, minus two cardinals, Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja of Indonesia and Keith O’Brien of Scotland, will be voting privately for their choice. A black smoke means no pope has been chosen, while a white smoke means a new pope has been chosen.

Based on tradition, the name of the new pope will only be revealed after he appeared on the balcony of the St. Peter’s Basilica, which is being expected to happen shortly after the white smoke appears. The new pope needs at least two-thirds majority of the 115 cardinal-electors.

White smoke seen on Sistine Chapel chimney, signalling that a new pope
has been chosen

Video Credit: CNN

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