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White Smoke Emerges Signalling New Pope Elected

 

White smoke rose from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel this evening, signalling cardinals had elected a new pope to succeed Benedict.

 

At the same time the bells of St Peter’s pealed.

The election, on the first full day of voting by the 115 cardinals, came more quickly than many had expected after no obvious front runner had emerged following the surprise abdication of Benedict last month.

The identity of the new pope will be announced to the world from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica within an hour.

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