New Pope elected by cardinals

Vatican City, March 14 (IANS) White smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney Wednesday night announced to the world that cardinals gathered inside elected a new Pope to head the Catholic Church.

Crowds in St. Peter's Square cheered and bells rang out as the smoke appeared, BBC reported.

The new Pope will replace Pope Benedict XVI, who stepped down in February saying he was no longer strong enough to lead the Church.

The 115 cardinals have been in isolation since Tuesday, and held four inconclusive votes before electing a Pope.


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