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What happens once the pope is elected?

Once a cardinal has been elected pope, the master of liturgical ceremonies enters the Sistine Chapel, and the senior cardinal asks, “Do you accept your canonical election as Supreme Pontiff?” Assuming the cardinal says, “I accept,” the senior cardinal then asks: “By what name do you wish to be called?” The master of liturgical ceremonies, Monsignor Guido Marini, then enters the information on a formal document.

At this point, white smoke pours out of the Sistine Chapel chimney, and the bells of St. Peter’s toll.

The new pope then changes into his papal white cassock, and one-by-one the cardinals approach him to swear their obedience.

In a change for this conclave, the new pope will stop and pray in the Pauline Chapel for a few minutes before emerging on the loggia of the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square. Preceding him to the balcony is French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the protodeacon, who announces, “Habemus Papam!” — Latin for “We have a pope” — and then introduces him to the world in Latin.

The new pope then emerges and delivers his first public words as pope.

Famous first words?

Pope John Paul II charmed the crowd of thousands on Oct. 16, 1978, when he first emerged on the loggia, no easy task, given his predecessor, Pope John Paul I, had lived as pope for on 33 days and that Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was the first non-Italian elected in 455 years.

Noting that he came from a far-away land — Poland — he told the crowd that he would speak in their (“our”) language.

“If I make a mistake, you will correct me,” he said to cheers.

Pope Benedict XVI offered a similarly modest gesture on April 19, 2005, telling the crowd he was but a simple, “humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.”