White Smoke Signals Election of New Pope

White smoke poured from the Vatican chimney Wednesday night in Italy, signalling that the conclave of Cardinals had elected a new Pope.

Pope Benedict XVI became the first pope to resign in 600 years last month. The identity of the Cardinal named pope, and the name he has taken as pope, will be revealed when he steps out onto the balcony at the Vatican later today.

A two-thirds supermajority was required to elect a new pope. The Cardinals voted once on Tuesday night, and twice on Wednesday morning. A pope elected on the fourth or fifth ballot would be the quickest election in 100 years.

Angelo Scola of Italy, Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines, Odilo Scherer of Brazil, Christoph Schönborn of Austria, Peter Turkson of Ghana, Marc Ouellet of Canada and Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston were among the favorites.

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