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Habemus Papum: Peter Mansbridge Announces New Pope From Rome

Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first Pope in more than 1,000 years to hail from outside of Europe and the first Pope to take the name Francis.

And CBC News was first on the scene with coverage of this historical event.

Chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, who has been reporting live from Rome for the Papal Conclave, shared the news with Canadians as Bergoglio, 76, was named the 266th leader of the Roman Catholic Church in an announcement made from St. Peter's Basilica.

Watch CBC News' live video stream from Rome:

CBC News Toronto reporter Steven D'Souza, like Mansbridge, was at St. Peter's to watch the white smoke plume from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. He Tweeted the news:

But the volume of Tweets coming from the square kept him from sharing the news with us sooner:

Leave it to the Pontifex himself, in that case. The Pope's official Twitter account was resurrected moments after Pope Francis was elected.

CBC News built a map of the social media activity going on around The Vatican to give you a sense of the scene. Experience it here.

You can follow ongoing coverage of the Church's new leader from CBC News here.


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