White Smoke! New Pope Picked at Vatican Conclave [Updated]

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The special Vatican chimney started pouring white smoke just after 2 p.m. ET, signaling to the world that the 115 cardinals locked inside the Sistine Chapel have selected a new leader for the Catholic Church. An announcement is expected from the balcony at St. Peter's imminently.

Update: And the winner is ... Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina. After more than an hour of anticipation, during which the new pope likely dressed and prayed, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announced that Bergoglio, a 76-year-old Jesuit, will be known as Pope Francis. (Not Francis I yet, as the Vatican later clarified: "It will become Francis I after we have a Francis II.")

Update II: Get used to this face:

Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio speaks during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio is a candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. Photo: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images

Update III: "You know the task of the conclave was to give Rome a bishop," said Bergoglio in his first address as pope. "My brothers went to the end of the earth to get him." Here he is on the balcony:

New Pope, Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio appears at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Update IV: Now it's really official:

Pray for the person who has to teach him Twitter.

Update V: The big moment, as presented by Fox News:

Update VI: The somewhat shaky speech:

Update VII: Barack Obama's statement on Pope Francis:

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy. As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years—that in each other we see the face of God. As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day. Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI, I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith. We join with people around the world in offering our prayers for the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church in our modern world.

Update VIII: Daily Intelligencer presents "24 Things to Know About the New Pope."