The world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have a new leader.
The new Pope is Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
He takes on the name Francis I.
He is the first non European Pope in over 800 years.
The new Pope will replace Benedict XVI, who stepped down last month saying he was no longer strong enough to lead the Church.
The 115 cardinals voting for the new Pope have been in isolation since Tuesday.
The rising of the white smoke was greeting to thunderous applause from crowds massed in St. Peter’s Square flying flags from around the world.
“It’s so emotional. We thought we were going home and the smoke was going to be black,” one Catholic told the BBC. “We’re so touched. It was really incredible.”