In St. Peter's Square, there was a fleeting moment of indecision when the first plumes of smoke appeared from the Vatican chimney.
Some cried out that it was black, signifying that no decision was made by the conclave. Then, seconds later under a steady rain, it became clear that white smoke was pouring out.
Wild cheering erupted in the square.
“Oh no, it's black!” said an Italian nun, Sister Eugenia. "It's white! It's white!'
Ben Canete, a 32-year-old Filipino, jumped up and down shouting: “Viva il Papa!”
“I can't explain how happy I am right now,” he said.