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White smoke emerges from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The white smoke indicates that the new pope has been elected. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Catholic church has new pope, expected to appear within the hour

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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Catholic church has chosen a new pope.

By NICOLE WINFIELD

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Catholic church has chosen a new pope.

White smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning 115 cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

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