White smoke rising: A new pope has been chosen; Update: Meet Francis I

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Today is the day!

FLASH: WHITE SMOKE EMERGES FROM SISTINE CHAPEL CHIMNEY

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) March 13, 2013

WHITE SMOKE!

— Joe Brooks (@joebrooks) March 13, 2013

White Smoke. Habemus Papam

— Major Garrett(@MajorCBS) March 13, 2013

Image: White smoke billows from the Sistine Chapel, signaling cardinals have elected a new pope twitter.com/rtenews/status…

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 13, 2013

“White smoke has emerged from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel Vatican, indicated a new pope has been elected.” twitter.com/kimpoyfelician…

— Paolo Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) March 13, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/embed/YJdAREOJRTA?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

BELLS RING FROM ST. PETER’S BASILICA

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) March 13, 2013

Bells of Vatican. twitter.com/FOX29philly/st…

— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) March 13, 2013

Photo: Nuns take part in post-conclave celebration after the announcement a new #pope has been elected. twitter.com/CBSThisMorning…

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 13, 2013

Live feed from the Vatican:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/QU2w-gTyXBM?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

(EWTN’s feed is available here.)

Joy and excitement in Rome and around the world:

Bells all over Rome! Nuns so excited! Palpable joy…a moment of great hope!

— Elizabeth Scalia (@TheAnchoress) March 13, 2013

Lots of young faces in St. Peter’s square, calling for new pope.

— Elizabeth Scalia (@TheAnchoress) March 13, 2013

We have a new Pope!!!!!!

— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) March 13, 2013

WE HAVE A POPE!!!!!!!!

— Wacko Bird Redness (@mchastain81) March 13, 2013

I’ve got chills

— Kathi(@14Kathi) March 13, 2013

HABEMUS PAPAM!!!! BELLLS!!!DEO GRATIAS!

— Franciscan Univ (@FranciscanU) March 13, 2013

Politico reporting…#whitesmoke. A new pope! I’m not Catholic and I still think this is cool.

— Laura(@GOPrincess) March 13, 2013

White smoke, #conclave now concluded, God bless the new Pope with wisdom to steward his global flock!

— Christopher Carroll (@Chriscarroll50) March 13, 2013

I am so excited, Sister!!! RT @sr_lisa: Praise be to God! Habemus Papam! #HabemusPapam!

— Wacko Bird Redness (@mchastain81) March 13, 2013

A sea of humanity awaits the first apostolic blessing from our Holy Father. #HabemusPapam Viva il Papa! facebook.com/photo.php?fbid…

— Lisa Schmidt (@LisaAnnSchmidt) March 13, 2013

Bells all over Rome! Nuns so excited! Palpable joy…a moment of great hope!

— Elizabeth Scalia (@TheAnchoress) March 13, 2013

I do not know the proper expression of congrats for a new pope, but my prayers for the Catholic church, & for God’s will in its work.

— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 13, 2013

Habeus Papam I don’t care what anyone says, the joy I feel has tears pooling in my eyes, it is a moment of connecting with God #HolySpirit

— Katie O’Malley (@katieomalley) March 13, 2013

The new pontiff will greet the world shortly:

We’ll meet the new Pope in about 30-45 minutes

— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) March 13, 2013

On Twitter, Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, is the frontrunner:

Twitter thinks it’s Scola. twitter.com/PatrickRuffini…

— Patrick Ruffini (@PatrickRuffini) March 13, 2013

We’ll find out soon enough:

Guard coming in. Should be any minute now.

— RB (@RBPundit) March 13, 2013

Swiss Guard taking their place as we approach learning the identity of our new Pope #Vatican

— christinakb (@christinakb) March 13, 2013

We will continue to monitor this story and update with developments.

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Update:

#Vatican website already updated. That was fast! ow.ly/i/1GcL3 #Catholic #conclave

— Matthew Balan (@MatthewJLB) March 13, 2013

The papal Twitter account has been reactivated as well.

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Update:

Meet Pope Francis I:

The new Pope: bit.ly/10NYzrtyfrog.com/kjx22tsj

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) March 13, 2013

Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is the new pope:

CARDINAL BERGOGLIO ELECTED POPE

— zerohedge (@zerohedge) March 13, 2013

FLASH: JORGE BERGOGLIO OF ARGENTINA ELECTED AS 266TH POPE TO LEAD ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) March 13, 2013

First non-European Pope. Cool. RT @mbernadettee: Jorge Mario Bergoglio is now Pope Francis! #HabemusPapam

— Matthew Newman (@MDMRN) March 13, 2013

He is the first Jesuit pope:

Cardinal Bergolio of Argentina (Age 76) is the new Pope. Bergolio is a Jesuit, the first Pope from that Order.

— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) March 13, 2013

He is also the first non-European pope since Pope Gregory III. (see Editor’s note.)

@bretbaier actually first non-European since Gregory III (1200 years ago)

— John Pitzel (@johnpitzel) March 13, 2013

Prayers and well-wishes are pouring in:

God bless Pope Francis I and all fellow Catholics worldwide.

— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) March 13, 2013

Let us pray for Pope Francis!

— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) March 13, 2013

Viva Il Papa! The world has a Pope. Godspeed Pope Francis!

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 13, 2013

Francis I, a beautiful name, a wonderful choice. God bless the people of the #Catholic faith, from a Jewish friend. #pope #Francis #mazeltov

— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) March 13, 2013

Beautiful.

New #Pope asks crowd to bless HIM; then returns with a blessing to them.

— christinakb (@christinakb) March 13, 2013

REU: POPE SAYS “PRAY FOR ME” AND BIDS HUGE CROWD “GOOD NIGHT AND HAVE
A GOOD REST”

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) March 13, 2013

Blessings to Pope Francis I.

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(Editor’s note: The post initially stated that Pope Francis is the first non-European pope. In fact, he is the first since Pope Gregory III to be born outside of Europe.)

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