Newly elected Pope Benedict the 16th has delivered his first blessing to thousands gathered in the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square, to the city of Rome, and to the world.
The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger emerged on the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica after the 115 cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church elected him to succeed the late Pope John Paul the Second.
He is the 265th leader of the world's Roman Catholics.
In comments to the crowd, the 78-year-old Gernan-born pontiff described himself as a humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord. He asked the faithful to remember him in their prayers and expressed confidence that the Blessed Virgin Mary will support him in his work as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Church bells pealed throughout Rome as the news spread of the election on the second day of the papal conclave.
Vatican officials have announced that the new pope's installation mass will be celebrated this Sunday (April 24th).