Bells ring out across Vatican City, signaling the election of a new pope to succeed Benedict XVI.
The emergence of white smoke from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican indicated to the world that cardinals have elected a new leader for 1.2 billion Catholics.
The name and nationality of the new pope has not been made public yet.
The newly elected pope will be fitted for his white cassock, and the other cardinals in the conclave will then each individually swear obedience to him.
Before he appears on a balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square, the new pope will stop to pray in the Pauline Chapel.