At 7:06pm (Vatican Time)/2:06pm (ET) white smoke was emitted from the Sistine Chapel indicting a new Pope had been elected after 2 days of balloting. The identity of the Pope will be announced shortly (in the past 3 conclaves the name was announced 30-45m after the white smoke and the Pope appeared a little over an hour after the white smoke).
The new Pope has been announced as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he will go by the name of Pope Francis. This would make him the first Pope from South America as well as the first Pope to go by the name of Francis. (Wow I just googled his name and his wikipedia page has already been updated within the 5 seconds between my hearing his name and checking the wikipedia).
Pope Francis I has made his first appearance as Pope at about 2:23pm (CT)/8:23pm (Vatican Time)
-Pope Francis’s first words as Pope were a bit of Spanish: “Buenos días” (Good day).
-He made a nod towards being the first non-European Pope by making a remark about how the Cardinals’ search for a new Pope spanned the globe
-Before praying for the people, Pope Francis asked for the people to pray for him
And just like that, after about 10 minutes, Pope Francis’s first public appearance as Pope is over at 2:35pm (CT)/8:35pm (Vatican)
The twitter account of the Pope has already been used:
Translation: His name is Francis
Old tweets tweeted during Benedict’s time as Pope seems to have been deleted