Habemus Papam! You certainly get a sense of the excitement of the crowd as they see the white smoke and wait to meet the new pope. The pope comes out on the balcony late in the tape and speaks in Italian to the crowd below. It really is a lovely moment.
And now we begin to find out who Pope Francis is. Will he imitate his namesake and "rebuild the Church?" Watch the papal liturgy next Tuesday on the Feast of St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church, for a good indication of what his election means for us. The Eucharistic liturgy is central to the faith. Let's pray that what we see next week reveals a man committed to the sacred liturgy.
Here are ten fast facts about the new pope.