(Vatican Radio) Citing the Latin formula, Habemus Papam, the Proto Deacon, French
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran appeared on the central balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica
Wednesday evening to announce the election of the 265th Successor of Saint Peter:
Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., the first Jesuit pope in
history, was elected to the papacy, taking the name of Pope Francis.
Tauran appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s basilica at 8:12 p.m. to the cheers
of tens of thousands of people gathered under umbrellas in the square. Billowing white
smoke appeared from the chimney over the Sistine chapel at 7:06 p.m signalling that
the new Pope had been elected in the fifth ballot of the two day conclave.