Greeting the Faithful
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‘We Have a Pope’

Greeting the Faithful
Pope Benedict XVI greets and blesses the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. (AP)
Nuns Celebrate
Nuns celebrate as white smoke billows from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. (AP)
Chimney black smoke
A plume of black smoke eminates from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel at St. Peter’s Square, signaling that the cardinals had not yet elected a pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd -- black smoke
A group of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square watches as black smoke is released from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that the cardinals had not yet elected a pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd -- French flag
Laurence Falconnet, 11, from France, waves the French flag while waiting with other pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for the announcement of the new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope -- U.S. flag and rosary
Luke Petersen says the rosary over an American flag with a group of students from Christendon College in Virginia who were waiting in St. Peter’s Square for the announcement of a new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Chimney white smoke
White smoke pours out of a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel signifying that the cardinals elected a new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Bells ring
The bells ring at St. Peter’s Basilica, indicating that the cardinals had elected a new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd bells
The crowd in St. Peter’s Square celebrates the sounding of the bells announcing a new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd -- new pope
Father Dariusz Zagorski of Poland, second from left, celebrates with other pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square at the sounding of the bells announcing a new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope -- We have a pope
Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez announces “We have a pope” from the main balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd -- flag girl
Flags from all over the world were waving in St. Peter’s Square after the new pope, Benedict XVI, was presented to the masses. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope
The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is presented to the masses as Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd -- Italians celebrate
A group of Italians celebrates the announcement of a new pope in St. Peter’s Square Tuesday evening. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope -- celebrates
Pope Benedict XVI gestures to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope -- address
The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, addresses the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after being elected the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope -- reads book
The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict 16th, gives his blessing after becoming the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Cardinals
Cardinals listen to Pope Benedict XVI give his blessing from a balcony at St. Peter’s Basilica. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Cardinals wave
Cardinals on a balcony at St. Peter’s Basilica wave to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square after electing Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger the new pope, Benedict XVI. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Cardinals converse
Cardinals converse and point to the crowd after electing Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope --rainbow umbrella
Jesus Estevez, 31, stands under a rainbow umbrella with the Vatican flag and France’s flag in the foreground after the new pope, Benedict XVI, was presented to the masses in Vatican City. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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