Afternoon turned to evening
A bird sings
And with a puff of white smoke from the chimney
From the Sistine Chapel,
1.2 billion of the faithful await.
The only connection from the secret conclave
To the outside world –
We welcome you, we wait.
The 226th pontiff of the Church,
We carry on the tradition of two thousand years,
We wait for you to wave from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.
A people of many nations, we speak to you in our native tongue