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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 April, 2005, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
In pictures: Pope Benedict elected
The new pope
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The new leader of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica.
Cardinal Ratzinger gives a blessing from St Peter's balcony
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German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 78, asked to be known as Pope Benedict XVI.
The new pope on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica
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He asked the world to pray for him and his papacy and delivered his first blessing to Rome and the world.
Onlookers at St Peter's Square
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He said he was a "simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord" who would follow the "Great John Paul II".
Nuns and other pilgrims celebrate in St Peter's Square
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There were jubilant scenes in St Peter's Square as thousands arrived to be the first to see the new pope.
White smoke
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The news came through on Tuesday evening when white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel.
Chimney on the Sistine Chapel
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There was some initial confusion over the colour of the smoke...
Bells of St Peter's Basilica
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...but the bells of St Peter's Basilica began to toll - making it clear the cardinals in conclave had made their choice.
Chilean Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez
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A short while later, Chilean Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez told the world the name of the new pope.

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