white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel
and shortly thereafter the bells of the Basilica pealed
the faithful at St. Peter’s square bursts into cheers
jumping and screaming with joy
the Swiss guards, in full regalia, came marching forth
the Vatican and Italian military bands followed
as the world awaits
until a faint cry from a red-capped cardinal “habemus papam”
where from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica soon appeared
the humble servant, FRANCIS
our new pope!
my co-workers and i were glued to the wide screen to witness and be part of this historic moment in the catholic church and in the whole world!