One hundred and fifteen cardinals entered the conclave Tuesday to begin the process. They needed more than two-thirds of the vote to approve Pope Benedict the XVI’s successor.
The burning of the ballots that produced the white smoke meant that the pope had already accepted his new role. This is believed to be the fifth time smoke has risen from the chimney since the conclave began. There hasn’t had a fifth ballot pope in more than a hundred years.
Thousands of faithful are already celebrating in St. Peter’s Square, and thousands more are headed there.
[UPDATE 12:15 p.m.] The next pope is Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina.