Newly elected Pope Francis I waves to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica on March 13th, 2013. Photograph: Getty

I was on the phone when it happened. There in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall temporary media centre, me and thousands of the 5,600 media accredited(...)

People celebrate as white smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

They had to be the luckiest Argentinian family in the whole wide world. Well, certainly in St Peter’s Square. They were easily spotted, if murd(...)