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Pope Francis: What Happens After A Papal Election

As news spread that the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel was billowing white smoke to signal the election of a new pope, anticipation began to build for the new pontiff's first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Here's a quick rundown of what happens after cardinal electors choose a pope.

Who Is Pope Francis?

The new pope is known for his appeal to the common man, but appears to hold many of the same conservative views as his predecessor.

Cardinals Elect Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio As New Pope

Cardinals at the Vatican chose Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pope. He will take the papal name Francis and is the first pope from South America. NPR's Neal Conan talks with guests about the significance of the event around the world.

Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis'

On the second day of their conclave, 115 Roman Catholic cardinals settled on their selection. Now, the new pontiff faces the challenge of leading a church that is confronting many challenges. His chosen name honors a saint known for works of mercy and a simple lifestyle.
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Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis I'

It is 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina.


The Americans Who Might Be Pope

The words "American" and "pope" have rarely been said in the same breath. But in Rome this week, the names of three U.S. cardinals have been all the buzz. Timothy Dolan of New York, Sean O'Malley of Boston, and Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., are being taken seriously as potential candidates to become the next pontiff.

Can't Read Smoke Signals? Try A Pope Alert Via Text, from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, lets eager Vatican watchers sign up for a text or e-mail alert that will go out as soon as a decisive ballot is cast. Their slogan? "When the smoke goes up, you'll know what's going down."