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Gallery: Photos from St. Peter's Square

A Swiss guard salutes, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)1 / 11
A visitor reads while waiting for smoke to emerge from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)2 / 11
Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel as cardinals voted on the second day of the conclave to elect a pope in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013.3 / 11
A seagull sits on the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)4 / 11
Visitors wait for the smoke from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke indicates that no pope was elected. Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn't elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)5 / 11
Visitors wait for the chimney smoke in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn't elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)6 / 11
Crowds gather in St. Peter's Square to wait for the election of a new pope by the cardinals in conclave in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)7 / 11
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)8 / 11
Bells ring in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)9 / 11
Crowds cheer after white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)10 / 11
White smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)11 / 11

White smoke has arisen from the Sistine Chapel chimney in St. Peter's Square, signaling that a new pope will appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica within the hour before many faithful waiting to witness the first new pontiff in eight years.

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