Posted by Peter
My Way News
Apr 19, 12:26 PM (ET)
By WILLIAM J. KOLE
(AP) White smoke billows from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, Tuesday, April 19, 2005....
VATICAN CITY (AP) - White smoke poured from a chimney at the Vatican and bells tolled on Tuesday evening, announcing to the world that a new pope was elected in the first papal conclave of the new millennium.
Crowds in St. Peter's Square chanted: 'Viva il Papa!' or 'Long live the pope!'
'It's only been 24 hours, surprising how fast he was elected,' Vatican Radio said, commenting on how the new pope was elected on the second day of the conclave, after just four or five ballots.
More pilgrims streamed into St. Peter's Square, waiting to find out who was selected. Prelates gathered on the roof of the Apostolic Palace.
The bells rang 6:04 p.m. (12:04 p.m. EDT) ending confusion over the smoke signal that had risen from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. White smoke is used to announce the election of a new pope, along with the ringing of bells, which was added for this conclave.
Niels Hendrich, a 40-year-old salesman from Hamburg, Germany, jumped up and down with joy and called his father on a cell phone. 'Habemus papam!' he shouted into the phone, using the Latin for: 'We have a pope.'