Early evening Wednesday, GMT, white smoke is seen billowing out of the temporary chimney above the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City. At time of writing the crowd in St Peter's Square is swelling. Office workers and more are hastily joining the faithful in the square in spite of the rain.
They will wait for the appearance of the new pope and the revelation of his name. Right now traditions are being followed as the new pope prepares to show his face to the world. The Vatican may announce his identity shortly.
The white smoke was seen at 7:06 local time after only 5 votes. Since that time the crowds continued to swell, bands appeared and excitement levels reached fever pitch. The crowd chanted at one time, resembling a football match crowd. Will the new pope be an American, European, South American or Asian? Time will tell.
Part of the new pope's preparations, before he meets his faithfull flock, will be a private church service.
Updates to follow
The new pope hails from South America. The Archbishop of Buenos Aires. We know his name but not his new papal name. Cardinal Turan announced in Latin the name of the new pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76. 40% of the world's Catholic population live in South America, so a fitting choice.
The first Jesuit and first South American pope. His age may cause some concerns but initially he appewars a warm, charismatic man.. He came second in the last conclave when Pope Benedict XVI was selected.
The Vatican balcony is dressed, ready and waiting and soon the new pope will appear., Pope Francis I.