Monica (orange_tictac) wrote in _pop_culture,

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white smoke coming from the chimney at st peter's basilica today

the new pope has been elected on the fourth ballot (third one today) they haven't announced who it is yet, but it'll be coming soon. i'll edit this post when they do.

edit: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected the 265th pontiff today by the College of Cardinals. He was announced as tens of thousands of people cheered in St. Peter's Square. Ratzinger has chosen the name Benedict XVI, the Vatican announced. The announcement came shortly after white smoke rose from the Vatican chimney and bells rang to announce that a new pope had been selected.

both of these are from his first papal blessing on the balcony of the vatican basilica
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