'Habemus Papam': 'We Have A Pope' Announcement Full Text & Background

RomeWhite smoke 13Mar2013
White smoke from the Sistine Chapel indicates a new pope has been elected.

"Habemus Papam!" "We have a Pope!" These are the words the world's Catholics wait for each time the white smoke rises above the Vatican to announce a new pope. And they were spoken again Wednesday afternoon, when French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announced Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis.

Tauran's words were heard by thousands of Catholics gathered at the Vatican, as well as by millions of TV viewers, as they rang out from the central balcony at St. Peter's Basilica.

Traditionally, the announcement -- which is given by the current cardinal proto-deacon, in this case Tauran -- is given as follows in Latin, as it was today:

"Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum:Habemus Papam;Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum,Dominum [Jorge] Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem [Bergoglio],Qui sibi nomen imposuit [Franciscum]."

The text as translated to English is below:

"I announce to you a great joy:We have a Pope!The most eminent and most reverend Lord,Lord [Jorge] Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church [Bergoglio],Who takes for himself the name of [Francis]."

However, in 2005, when Pope Benedict XVI was elected to the papacy, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez began the remarks by greeting the faithful with the phrase "dear brothers and sisters" in Italian, Spanish, French and English.

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