Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the new leader of the Catholic church, and the world will know him as Pope Francis.
White smoke swirled from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday at 7:05 CET (2:05 ET) after the fifth round of voting by the 115 cardinals in the conclave. Since a two-third majority is required to elect a new pope, the appointed pontiff received at least 77 votes.
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About an hour after the smoke appeared, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran took to the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to announce the name of the 266th pope. As per tradition, Cardinal Tauran shouted "Habermus Papam!" (which means "we have a new pope!"). He then revealed that the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires would be the new head of the Catholic church.
The new pope will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
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