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White smoke billowed from the stack at the Sistine Chapel revealing the new pope, Pope Francis I. He is the first pope to take the name of Francis in 2000 years. Pope Francis I was elected after only two days of voting, and was selected on the fifth ballot.
Pope Benedict XVI appeared before thousands of faithful on Wednesday Feb. 13, also known as Ash Wednesday to the Catholic Religion, saying his resignation from head of the Catholic Church is “for the good of the church,” thus marking his first public appearance since the devastating announcement.