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From excitement to tears: Argentinians overwhelmed with emotion

Euphoria broke out in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis greets the world

Just moments after being elected, Pope Francis gave his first ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing as he stood on the balcony overlooking St Peter’s Square

Conclave begins behind closed doors, as the famous ‘Extra Omnes’ phrase is announced

The conclave is officially underway. The doors of the Sistine Chapel were closed just moments after Msgr Guido Marini announced the famous Latin phase: ‘Extra Omnes,’ which roughly translates to ‘Everyone Out.’

Cardinals process inside St Peter’s Basilica for the Mass to elect a pope

The 115 cardinals processed into the Basilica to begin the Pro Eligendo Pontifice Mass

Benedict XVI pledges allegiance to next pope in farewell meeting with cardinals

Benedict XVI blessed the cardinals and gave a short speech