I was watching the CNN live feed at 2PM (Eastern Time) today. I noticed the smoke coming out of the chimney before the commentators did! It was grayish at first, but quickly grew whiter. I tweeted “white?” and noticed a flood of tweets appearing: “habemus papam!” “white!” “white smoke!”
The interregnum is over. It is only a matter of minutes until we know who has ended it!
Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina has chosen the name Francis. His episcopal motto was “miserando atque eligendo” (lowly and yet chosen), which seems quite fitting. Let’s see if he uses it as his papal motto as well.