The White Smoke

White smoke coming out of chimney above Sistine Chapel, meaning #conclave has elected new #Pope. @BBCBreaking

Habemus Papam Franciscum

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The 266th leader of the Roman Catholic Church has been revealed as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76-year-old Argentinian Cardinal, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He will be known as Pope Francis, Latin America’s first pope and the first from outside Europe in over a thousand years. 

Bergoglio’s chosen name, Francis, is a nod to the patron saint of Italy, Saint Francis of Assisi. –cbsnews.com

photo from bbc.co.uk

photo from bbc.co.uk

He has emerged on to the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica to address the thousands in the square. “I’d ask you to pray to God so that he can bless me,” Pope Francis says, leading a silent prayer, followed by a loud cheer from the crowd. He also thanks the faithful and the huddled underneath umbrellas (in a rain-drenched) for their welcome.

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L’Osservatore Romano, via European Pressphoto Agency (nytimes.com)

The new Pope has been trended on social media. Worldwide Twitter topics are all about him.

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Here are some reactions by many about the new elected Pope in the social media.

#PopeFrancis is reported to be “humble” and “brillant”. I wonder if the opposite was ever said about ANY new pope, esp in modern times 🙂@atomaraullo

#Pope Francis Facts: He has written books on spirituality & meditation & has been outspoken against abortion and same-sex marriages. – @dzrhnews

Only Inquirer made the right headline today announcing the selection of the new Pope. @harold_geronimo

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So basically becoming Pope is like a girl getting married. Comes with a complimentary new name.@amreekandesi

I like the Jesuits. And I like the vibe of this new dude, Pope Francis 🙂 – @PingMedina

happy to know our #NewPope pope francis is known to be humble, simple, believes in evangelization from communities, and is a servant-leader.@iamsuperbianca

I must be a prophet. Last Sunday I was singing Dont Cry For Me Argentina and now we a have a new pope –  ‏@GeloLopez

I’m not catholic.. But to me, the newpope is just another old fart who stands on a balcony in front of a lot of people and just waves. – @MummIsTheWord

The new Pope is an ultra-conservative. They should have selected a more progressive Church leader like Cardinal Tagle.@FerdieTopacio

Seems the new Pope has a sense of humor. Telling the cardinals, may God forgive them, after they elected him – @cesdrilon

Vatican clarifies that the new pope will be known as Pope Francis, not Pope Francis I: http://lati.ms/iTkoL – @latimes

10 Digital Dos and Don’ts for the New Pope – http://on.mash.to/Xvdupw – @mashable

10 Digital Dos and Don'ts for the New Pope

10 Digital Dos and Don’ts for the New Pope

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from Catholic Meme’s Facebook Page

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from now.msn.com

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Three popes in one picture.

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