Cardinals have selected a new pope
There is a new pope. Chiming bells and smoke from a chimney atop the Sistine Chapel are signaling that cardinals have picked a successor to John Paul.
At first, it wasn't clear if the the smoke coming from the chimney was white, signaling a new pope, or black for an inconclusive vote.
But the joyous ringing of church bells sent pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square into a frenzy of cheers. They chanted "Viva il Papa!" or "Long live the pope!"
Cardinals reached the decision in the first full day of the first conclave of the new millennium.