The smoke first appeared to be black, indicating another round of voting had failed to choose a new leader for the Catholic Church. But the the smoke was white, and the throng that had gathered in the rainy evening of Rome, cheered.

Time passed as the crowd grew, and soon, it was announced that Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Bergolia had been chosen to be the 266th Pope, taking the name Pope Francis, from St. Francis of Assisi.

A Pope “of the people”, they are saying.

“Viva il Papa”