I'm sure I'm not the only one in the parish who has been glued to the TV over recent days. What an exciting time for us all.
And then fairly quickly, after just the fifth ballot, we saw the white smoke. Such excitement!
After what seemed an interminable wait, we had our first glimpse of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis.
There are many 'firsts' with our new Pope; the first Jesuit Pope; the first to take the name Francis, after St Francis of Assisi; the first from South America.
Pope Francis giving his blessing from the balcony, after first having asked the crowd to pray and ask for God's blessing on him:
God bless our Pope!