On March 13, 2013 — a k a 3/13/13 — Argentinian Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis: the first Francis, the first non-European pope in many centuries, and the first ever from the Western Hemisphere.
It was quite a day and night. Here’s how it unfolded, in videos.
The climactic moment that the white smoke belched from the Vatican smokestack:
How Raymond Arroyo and his crew at EWTN saw it at the time:
If you have a little over an hour and a half, here’s the whole shebang:
And lest you forget one of the unexpected stars of the day, a remembrance of the Sistine Seagull:
Habemus Papam! We have a pope!
Image: Family Theater Productions