New Pope Selected

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.

Votes yesterday and this morning failed to reach a consensus. The new pope is the church's 265th. Thousands of people have gathered to see the pope publicly identified.