White smoke is billowing out of the little chimney on the Sistine Chapel to announce the selection of a new pope. On March 13, NBC News live camera was fixed on the meager little stovepipe, which had been a perch for a bird for a long while, when the white smoke poured out. The chiming bells confirm the white smoke; sometimes it is confusing when the black smoke turns to grey.
Around 2:08 p.m. EST, it became apparent that a new pope has been chosen. Within an hour, the identity of the new pope will be announced.
A large and jubilant crowd has gathered in Rome to witness the history being made. St. Peter’s Square has become a grand public event, and the police are on guard around the city.
According to Brian Williams of NBC News, the new pope is currently being fitted with the papal garments, and then will appear to greet the Catholic Church and the world.