Habemus Papam, 266th Pope has been elected

whitesmokeAt about 7:06 PM Vatican time (2:06 AM Manila time), white smoke emitted at the chimney of the Sistine Chapel signalling the election of the new Pope.

After 5 balloting (in 2 days), the college of cardinals has finally elected the successor of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Thousands of eager and excited Catholics faithfuls gather around St. Peter square to witness the presentation of the newest Prince of the Catholic Church. They didn’t mind the rain and patiently waited for the white smoke to come out of the chimney.

Netizens also floods social media site with talks and posts about the white smoke. Hashtags #HabemusPapam and #whitesmoke trended worldwide on twitter. Juan Pablo III also made it as one of the top 10 twitter trends worldwide hoping this will be the regnal name of the new pope.

As of this writing, the new pope is yet to come out of the balcony to greet the thousand catholic faithfuls outside of the St. Peters Basilica.


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