Celebrations erupted in Vatican City as white smoke and bells signaled the election of a new pope.
White smoke signals a new pope was selected by the College of Cardinals.
Catholics from various nations carry their flags.
The clock above St. Peter's Square shows the time as Catholics gather for the announcement of the new pope.
Its a huge crowd in St. Peter's Square.
In addition to white smoke, bells signaled to the faithful.
Excited people gathered in close quarters to await the new pope.
Catholics hold home-made signs honoring the newly elected pope.
Moments after the smoke, bells started to ring.
The excited crowd awaits the pope's first appearance.
The white smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel for about 15 minutes.
It was a packed crowd in Vatican City.