Viva il papa: Jublilation as Pope Francis I emerges Catholic Pontiff (PHOTOS)

Pope welcome

by Isi Esene

Argentine, Jorge Mario Bergoglio on Wednesday evening became the 266th Pope with millions of Catholic faithfuls all over the world joining in the frenzy to usher in the new pontiff.

The 76-year-old was welcomed by tens of thousands of overjoyed Catholics in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City after his election was revealed with the emergence of the white smoke above the Sistine Chapel signifying that a choice has been made.

Reports say after hours braving the cold rain, the huge crowd chanted ‘Habemus Papam’ and ‘We have a pope’ – as the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica and other churches across Rome pealed.

See photos of the jubilation at the Vatican as the new Pope was announced.

Show of faith: One Catholic stands with a sign reading 'Viva il Papa', translated as 'Long live the Pope'


Jubilation: The conclave was called after Pope Benedict XVI resigned last month for health reasons

Excitement: Crowds gathered beneath the chimney awaiting the symbolic smoke and applauded when white smoke finally emerged

Giving thanks: One Catholic in the Vatican City raised his hands and looked to the skies as the white smoke signified a decision had been made

Comments (4)

  1. Hail wafi ooooooo

  2. To God be the glory, new pope emerged, POPE FRANCIS 1, AND THE 266TH pope ever. May God in in goodness grant Him the fortitude to lead His flocks aright, AMEN

  3. To God be d glory & honour. Glory to Jesus Christ & honour to Mary. Lets hail Mary.

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