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LIVE: White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel as new pope is elected

Cardinals in conclave at the Vatican have elected a new pope, whose identity will be revealed in a few moments.

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A NEW POPE has been elected to lead the Catholic Church.

In the last few moments, white smoke has emerged from the roof of the Sistine Chapel, where the 115 voting-age cardinals have been deliberating since Tuesday.

The white smoke means that a candidate has won the approval of 77 of the cardinals, meaning a two-thirds majority – and will now take command of a religion with an estimated 1.2 billion followers worldwide.

The identity of the new pontiff, and the papal name they are to adopt, will be announced shortly.

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