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 County sheriff's deputies are looking for a suspect responsible for a stabbing in downtown Goleta.
DUI arrests are happening and will continue to happen throughout Central Coast
The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is gearing up to serve hundreds of people in need this Thanksgiving.
Police are on high alert for drunken drivers this holiday season.
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Righetti High School students are having an early Thanksgiving break after rumors and social media speculation disrupted classes today.
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Ten volunteers helped collect trash from the illegal pot farm located on the side of a steep hill in Happy Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley.
A group of highly trained search dogs are helping rescue crews in western New York. Many of the canine teams were trained in Ventura County at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.
The signs pointed to the grand jury drawing near a decision as to whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson will be charged with a crime for fatally shooting Michael Brown.
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