With the election of the new anti-Pope the Herald celebrated in stunning fashion with a superb Herald Bomb from their “decent journalists, trained and skilled”.
To get the facts, I suppose we better use Stuff, the Herald is rather unreliable in everything except stuffing up.
The Catholic Church has a new leader: Pope Francis I.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected by his fellow cardinals. He is the first pope from Latin America.
White smoke poured from the roof of the Sistine Chapel earlier today and the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica pealed, signalling that cardinals had chosen a new pope to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church after only five ballots.
Those gathered in St Peter’s Square let out a huge cheer and the Vatican’s band began playing to herald the announcement.
The decision by 115 cardinal electors came sooner than many faithful expected because of the large number of possible frontrunners identified before the vote to replace Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned in February.
Francis I was to stop and pray in the Pauline Chapel for a few minutes before emerging on the loggia of the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s. Preceding him to the balcony was French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the protodeacon, who announced ”Habemus Papam!” Latin for ”We have a pope” and then introduced him to the world in Latin. Francis then emerged to deliver his first public words as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.