VATICAN CITY-White smoke coming from the Sistine Chaple indicates a new pope.
We have a few steps to take before we learn who the new pope is. Here’s will happen next:
– The new pope will leave the Sistine Chapel to put on his papal robes, then re-enter the chapel for prayer with the cardinals.
– The cardinals will then line up to congratulate the new pope and promise their obedience to him.
– The pope will then go back to Pauline Chapel to pray for a few moments.
– Only then will the pope prepare to reveal himself to the public. At the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, proto-deacon Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (assuming Tauran himself wasn’t elected) will appear and announce the new pope’s old name, and the name he will be known as from now on.
– The pope will then appear on the balcony.