VATICAN CITY -- White smoke poured from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel signaling the selection of the next pope.
115 cardinals entered the conclave Tuesday to begin the process.
They needed more than two-thirds of the vote to approve Pope Benedict the Sixteenth's successor.
The burning of the ballots that produced the white smoke meant that the pope had already accepted his new role.
This is believed to be the fifth time smoke has risen from the chimney since the conclave began.
There hasn't had a fifth ballot pope in over a hundred years.
Thousands of faithful are already celebrating in St. Peter's Square and thousands more headed there.