HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Bells rang and white smoke ascended from the Sistine Chapel Wednesday evening, signifying that a new pope was elected; the Roman Catholic Church’s church’s 266th pontiff will replace Benedict XVI, who surprised the world with his resignation last month.
At the time of this report, the new pope had not been revealed but several front runners included what could be the first African pope or the first pope from the U.S. or Canada.
The College of Cardinals in Vatican City gathered under Michelangelo’s famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel under strict security measures and the richest tradition. Only cardinals under the age of 80 can vote, which means 118 members are eligible to vote for Pope Benedict’s successor.
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