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As news spread that the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel was billowing white smoke to signal the election of Pope Francis, anticipation built for the new pontiff's first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.
Update at 6:45 p.m. ET: The Vatican says Pope Francis will celebrate an installation Mass on Tuesday, March 19, confirming a date we reported earlier as being tentative.
The new pope, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, now known as "pope emeritus." The introduction of Pope Francis represents the end of an electoral process and the start of a new papacy.
Here's a quick rundown of what happens after a papal conclave makes its choice, and how Pope Francis will begin his duties: