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

Today is the day!

Live feed from the Vatican:

(EWTN’s feed is available here.)

Joy and excitement in Rome and around the world:

The new pontiff will greet the world shortly:

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

We’ll find out soon enough:

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



The papal Twitter account has been reactivated as well.



Meet Pope Francis I:

Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is the new pope:

He is the first Jesuit pope:

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

Prayers and well-wishes are pouring in:


Blessings to Pope Francis I.


(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.)

  • Andy Rigo

    Please dear Lord, give us a holy and righteous man to lead your flock!

    • BlueGood

      but what about that poor little Pigeon??? Did he give his life to smoke inhalation??

      (Don’t tell PETA)

  • SpaceRacer423

    I have not a clue as to who was chosen,
    but I’m willing to bet my life savings that he will be immediately denounced by liberals.

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      If that were to not happen (the attacks, I mean), I would start looking for water flowing uphill…

      • Michael Anderson (WB)

        HuffPo comments were actually fairly respectful. Don’t expect it to last.

    • Dawn

      Actually, the conservatives are the ones denouncing him. The amount of “white power” and “spic” tweets from the right are saddening, but not surprising.

  • HARP2

    Barry thought the choom gang was back.

  • Teritd

    Amen to that!

  • waltzingmtilda

    Oh gosh…mega-goosebumps!!!

  • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

    Hurry Up and announce him already- we MUST know his views on climate change!

    • RblDiver

      Well, CLEARLY he’s in bed with eeeevil corporations, since that white smoke HAD to have created enough greenhouse gasses to raise the Earth’s temperature by a billion degrees, or something.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Eleventy billion penguins just died as a result.

      • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

        Clearly! And he must be gay too because he likes to accessorize with hats.

  • Maxx

    If you ever see white smoke coming from the White House, you’ll know Michelle is asleep and hubby has tippy-toed outside to row through a pack of Virginia Slims.

    “You’ve come a long way Barry.”

  • goldwater89
    • Dawn

      I think you are confused on what constitutes a smear.

  • BlueStateRepub

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis I…Dio benedica il papa!

    That vast sea of humanity gathered in the rain, in peace and love.

    Goosebumps right now.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    HABEAMUS PAPAM! It took an hour and 20 minutes (or so) but Pope Francis is our new leader! (And WAY better than having no leader…) I was rooting for Cardinal Dolan (N.Y.), but I guess the conclave has made it’s choice, and I support it. Jawamax 8<{D}