Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Buenos Aires has been selected as the new pope. He is the first Jesuit pope. Cardinal Bergoglio is the son of an Italian immigrant. He has chosen the name Pope Francis.
White smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel could be seen at around 7 p.m. in Rome to signiify a new pope has been elected to head the world's Catholic Church.
A roar of cheers arose from the thousands of people awaiting the signal outside the Vatican.
The 115 cardinal electors began the conclave on Tuesday following the resignation of Benedict XVI, the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. At least a two-thirds majority -- 77 votes -- was required to elect the next pope.