One hundred fifteen Catholic cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City have elected a new pope .
Once the doors were sealed earlier this week, the papal conclave to elect the 266th pope began.
Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney around 7 a.m. EST on Day 2 of the papal conclave indicating no pope and been elected.
But at 7 p.m. Vatican City time, white smoke emerged from the chapel, meaning a new pope had been chosen.
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The conclave was set into motion in early February after Pope Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to step down as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The 85-year-old cited health reasons as the driving force behind his retirement.
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