On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at around 2:20 p.m. EST., a crowd of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square to witness this moment in history, with cheers and applause, as the first puffs of “white” smoke emerged through a rainy, chilly day to announce that there was a new Pontiff elected by the required two thirds majority in the fifth ballot.
40% of Catholics live in Argentina. 76 year old Argentina born Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis I (a first), of the Jesuit order (another first), is the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He is among some of the youngest Popes who have been elected to this office. See the statistics here. Bells could be heard in neighborhoods everywhere.
The new Pope was elected on the fifth ballot by the 115 cardinal-electors. The 266th pontiff will replace Benedict XVI as the new CEO of the Catholic Church. The voting began on Tuesday night with a first round, and then four ballots were held on Wednesday all rendering ‘black smoke’ from the signal pipe on top of the roof of the Sistine Chapel.
Pope Francis I was born of Italian immigrant parents and was born in Argentina. He is the first non-European elected in over a thousand years. The Pope will probably receive his Papal Ring of the Fisherman, next Tuesday on the feast day of St. Joseph.
Congratulations to my Sisters and Brothers in the Faith. To God be the Glory.