The pope's Twitter account is active once again.
Moments after the new Pope Francis addressed the Vatican City crowd, a message on the pope's Twitter account -- which had been dormant since Benedict XVI stepped down -- said, "Habemus Papam Franciscum."
That translates, from Latin, as, "We have Pope Francis."
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After blessing the crowd, Pope Francis re-entered the basilica.
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The blessing is over, and the crowd roars.
Here's more about Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina: He is 76, and is considered a straight-shooter who calls things as he sees them, and a follower of the church's most conservative wing. He is a former archbishop of Buenos Aires.
He has clashed with the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over his opposition to gay marriage and free distribution of contraceptives.
Besides being the first non-European pope in the modern era, the first South American pope and the third straight non-Italian pope, he also is the first Pope Francis.
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Pope Francis has offered his blessing "to you and to the whole world." This is known as the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing.
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Pope Francis says he will shortly offer his blessing, but now he's asking the crowd to have a moment of silence to pray for him.
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Pope Francis says from the balcony (according to an English translation):
"As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of Rome. It seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen one who is from far away, but here I am.
"I would like to thank you for your embrace, also to ... the bishops, thank you very much.
"First and foremost, I would like to pray for our emeritus pope, Benedict XVI. Let us pray all of us together ... so that he's blessed by the lord and guarded."
Pope Francis then said the Lord's Prayer.
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Bergoglio, the new pope, has chosen the name Francis, according to Vatican Radio. He's now appearing on the balcony.
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Bergoglio is the first pope from outside of Europe in the modern era, the first South American pope, and the third straight non-Italian pope.
(Correction notice: This post initially said that Bergoglio is the first non-European pope. We've corrected that to say he's the first non-European pope in the modern era.)