With its usual quickness, Wikipedia has an entry for Pope Francis
The New York Times created a graphic
showing how the population of the world's Catholics has shifted south in the last 110 years.
Watch Pope Francis's first address to the world:
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Cardinal Bergoglio is the first Jesuit
to become pope. His choice of Francis is likely a nod to St. Francis of Assisi
The first tweet from the Pope's official Twitter account, which was put into hibernation after Pope Benedict XVI abdicated.
? For those not fluent in Latin, here's an interesting article
from Slate's coverage of the 2005 conclave about the words used to announce the election of a new pope.
Pope Francis meets crowds in St. Peter's Square.
19:15 UTC Jorge Bergoglio
from Argentina is the new pope.
Crowds are in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican waiting for the appearance of the new pope.
Cardinals have chosen a new pope, but a name has not yet been released. Just moments ago white smoke emerged from a chimney atop the Sistine Chapel and bells pealed in Vatican City Wednesday evening, signaling the selection of a new pontiff to lead the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
This seagull, sitting atop the chimney on the Sistene Chapel, is clearly looking for attention.
As Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony sits in the conclave choosing the next pope, his archdiocese has reached a $10 million settlement
with victims of a child-molesting priest that he protected
The Guardian's live cam on the Sistene Chapel chimney seems to be back, so you can watch for the telltale smoke. The soonest we can expect smoke would be around 12:30 EDT (1630 UTC). However, if a pope has not been chosen at that time we probably won't see anything until around 2 p.m. EDT (1800 UTC).
Fresh off his recent trip to North korea, former NBA player Dennis Rodman is in Rome
, apparently campaigning for Cardinal Peter Turkson
of Ghana to be elected the next Pope.
Rodman might not realize that the Cardinals are shut off from the outside world during the conclave and thus won't see his electioneering, but at least he's providing photo-ops for some of the media covering the conclave.
The Vatican press conference provided two interesting peeks into how the conclave works:
What would you do if you were the pope? That's the question the Washington Post asked several clergy and laypeople
Watch the Vatican press conference live:
Italian press sees conclave through lens of ... what else? ... soccer. They're guessing it's a contest of Italy vs. Brazil - http://bit.ly/Zk35ZJ
Black smoke rises from Sistine Chapel
Join the hundreds in Saint Peter's Square staring at the Sistine Chapel chimney with The Vatican's livestream.
Update - The Vatican livestream seems to have gone away, so here's the link to CNN's feed
Don't want to leave the decision up to the College of Cardinals? Pick your own pope with The Guardian's Pontifficator
The New York Times Five Thirty Eight Blog, famous for the accuracy with which it predicted the outcome of the 2012 U.S. presidential election
, takes a look at how oddsmakers are handicapping the papal conclave
Cardinal Angelo Scola
, the archbishop of Milan is apparently favored, followed by Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer
The blog points out though that since there's no polling of the cardinals choosing the next leader of the Catholic Church, oddsmakers are left " left to piece together fragments of information, much of it of dubious quality" when making their choices.
CNN has a nice rundown of what the daily schedule
for the conclave looks like.
The first vote of the day is expected to begin in the Sistine Chapel at 0830 UTC.
Welcome to day two of the Papal Conclave. Click here
to read our live updates from day one, or here
for our wrap up of the days events in Vatican City.