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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.)

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