Multiple news organizations today went live to cover the Vatican’s announcement that it had elected the 266th Pope. Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS, and The CW all cut away from scheduled programming to cover this monumental news.
Exactly 30 days ago, Pope Benedict XI (formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) announced that he would step down from his post as leader of the Catholic church — itself a history-making development as the last Papal resignation took place in 1415.
The symbolic white smoke rose beginning at 2:06 p.m. ET, a day after the conclave began. Less than an hour later, France’s Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announced who will now lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 76-year-old Archbishop of Argentina, henceforth known as Pope Francis I. READ FULL STORY »