Posted: 10:16 pm MST
By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC News
VATICAN CITY -By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC News
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday.
Minutes earlier, white smoke rose above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang out across Rome, prompting cheers and wild applause from the crowd of tens of thousands gathered in St Peter’s Square in front of the Vatican.
He was introduced to the world – in Latin - from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica.
Smoke billowed from the chimney at 7:07 p.m. (2:07 p.m. ET) on the second day of behind-closed-doors voting and marked the beginning to a new era for a church combating scandal and internal strife.
The cardinals are thought to have taken five ballots to reach the two-third majority necessary for a decision.
Before being introduced from the balcony, he was taken from the Sistine Chapel into a side room called the “Room of Tears” to be dressed in the papal clothes.
His appearance will be heralded by a Latin announcement begins with the phrase "Habemus Papam!" meaning, "We have a pope!"
News 11 spoke to locals around Yuma to hear their thoughts on the new Pope. Monsignor O'Keefe from the Immaculate Conception Church in Yuma said, " I think the Lord sent the right person to lead the church and as a result of that I believe you will see people going back to the basics of the church."
Many locals Catholic or not were surprised by the news and had hopeful thoughts. "I'm pleased to find out that its a Latin American pope. I think that's really progressive. I think that's the kind of thing people are looking for," said Matt Branham, a local resident of Yuma.
News 11 also spoke to Principal Susan Bostic from the St. Francis Catholic School in Yuma who says they are all very happy they share a namesake with the new pope.
Overall reactions were positive with thoughts of hope.