Pontifical Academy for Life


Habemus Papam!


Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., has been elected as Supreme Pontiff, the 265th successor of Peter, and has chosen the name Francis. He is the first Latin American Pope, the first Jesuit Pope, and the first “Francis” in the pontificate.

At 8:12pm — 55 minutes after the appearance of the white “fumata” at 7:06pm — the Cardinal proto-deacon Jean-Louis Tauran made the solemn announcement to the people from the external Loggia of the Hall of Blessings of the Vatican Basilica. Following are the words pronounced by Cardinal Tauran: Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; habemus Papam; Eminentissium ac Reverendissium Dominum, Dominum Georgium Marium Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio Qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum. [I announce to you with great joy; We have a Pope; The most eminent and most reverend Lord Lord Mario Cardinal of Holy Roman Church Bergoglio Who has taken the name Francis.]