“The world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have a new leader.
After just a day and a half of voting, the 115 cardinal electors locked inside the ornate Sistine Chapel sent a cloud of white smoke up a chimney and into the air over St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, signaling a conclusive vote — at least 77 of them agreed on a man to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.
Thousands of the faithful and the curious huddled underneath umbrellas in a rain-drenched St. Peter’s Square erupted in applause and cheers upon seeing the white plume drift over the Chapel. …
Within an hour, Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, the senior cardinal deacon of the Church, will step onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and announce in Latin the name of the man elected to lead the faith.