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We Have a Pope! White Smoke Pours from the Chimney of the Sistine Chapel

By Deacon Keith Fournier
March 13th, 2013
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

On their fifth ballot the 115 Cardinal Electors who were gathered in deep prayer and reflection have participate in history. They have selected the Successor of the Apostle Peter, the Vicar or  Representative of Jesus Christ.

VATICAN CITY  (Catholic Online) - As the whole world watched the unmistakably white billows of smoke poured out of the Chimney of the Sistine Chapel. The huge throng of the faithful, gathered in a cold rain, began to cheer, weep, drop to their knees, wave papal flags and shout with joy -Habemus Papem! We Have a Pope!

On their fifth ballot the 115 Cardinal Electors who were gathered in deep prayer and reflection have participate in history. They have selected the Successor of the Apostle Peter, the Vicar or  Representative of Jesus Christ.

Now, the whole world awaits the moment when this profoundly important leader steps out on the world's balcony and speaks to a Church which has been helped the selection with prayer and fasting. He will also speak to a waiting world which watches with extraordinary interest, as if they are somehow aware of the historic and spiritual significance of this moment.

Notice how everyone, believer or not, announces the good  news - WE HAVE A POPE! May the Lord be praised and His people rejoice!

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