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"Habemus Papum", "We have a new Pope"

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VATICAN CITY, (KNOE 8 News) - There was white smoke over the Vatican today.

The Catholic church has chosen a new pope, Francis the 1st.

White smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning 115 cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Pope Francis 1 is from Argentina, his given name is Jorge Mario Bergolio.

Pope Francis the 1st has addressed the crowds from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica  shortly after the formal announcement, "Habemus Papum" - "We have a pope" - was made by a church official.

The conclave was called after Pope Benedict XVI resigned last month, throwing the church into turmoil and exposing deep divisions among cardinals tasked with finding a manager to clean up a corrupt Vatican bureaucracy as well as a pastor who can revive Catholicism in a time of growing secularism.

 

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