White smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, signaling the election of a new pope. Roman Catholics in Vatican City and around the world cried, prayed and cheered in reaction.
The faithful cheer after spying the white smoke above the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican early Wednesday evening local time.
The bells of St. Peter's Basilica also rang out after a majority of cardinals agreed on a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
The decision happened after the fifth ballot cast since the conclave began Tuesday.
Huddled under umbrellas as rain came down, crowds of onlookers stood for hours watching the chimney and big screens set up in St. Peter's Square.
A crowd of more than 1 million people watched in the rain as white smoke poured out of the Sistine Chapel chimney, signifying a new pope had been elected.
A banner reads "Viva il Papa" (Long Live the Pope) in St. Peter's Square following the election of a new pontiff.
The bells at St. Peter's Basilica rang throughout St. Peter's Square following the election of Pope Francis.
A little girl sitting on a man's shoulders cries upon news of a new pope at the Vatican.
The faithful in St. Peter's Square cheer as white smoke rises from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel, signaling the election of a new pope.
The crowds then waited more than an hour for the new pope to appear on the Vatican balcony.
French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announces Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, has been elected by the conclave at the Vatican.
The crowd roared when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina stepped out onto the balcony as Pope Francis, the first pope from outside Europe.
A man holds Argentinia's flag as newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, appears on the balcony at the Vatican.
A man raises his arm to the skies as Pope Francis speaks from the Vatican balcony.
Nuns cheer following the appearance of Pope Francis on the Vatican balcony.
Catholics from around the world wave the flags of their respective countries while celebrating the election of Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square.
Florencia Silva (R), of Trumbell, Conn., and Valentina Bruner (L), of Peru, share a webcast of newly elected Pope Francis outside St. Patrick's Catherdral in New York.
Parishioners ring the 100-year-old bells in the tower of Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, in honor of the new Pope Francis.
Santa Barbara police are investigating a murder Wednesday morning.
Former President Bill Clinton is in Oxnard Wednesday morning for a "get out the vote rally" supporting Congresswoman Julia Brownley.
The civilian pilot of a privately owned Hawker Hunter aircraft died when his plane crashed on approach just outside Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Wednesday afternoon.
Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a driver accused of running down a veteran sheriff's deputy who had pulled over another motorist on a Ventura County freeway.
Santa Maria Police are investigating what they are calling a suspicious house fire that badly burned one of the people who lived there.
Congressional candidate Chris Mitchum said an ad for Rep. Lois Capps misrepresented what he said in an interview.
Just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday the Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to a public transportation bus that collided with a pedestrian.
The 21st Annual Haunted House at the Solvang Festival Theater will be open Thursday and Friday night for kids and adults looking for Halloween fun.
37 people were arrested in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach in a prostitution crackdown.
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