White smoke rose from a Sistine Chapel chimney and bells rang today, signaling the selection of a new pope. Thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square clapped and waved flags as the smoke billowed over Vatican City. Suspense built as the throng waited for the symbolic ringing of bells, at which point the crowd broke into a roar of jubilation.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (as he was until about half an hour ago) has been elected as the new Pope. He has taken the name Pope Benedict XVI as his papal name. He is the 265th Pope.