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(...)

Newly elected Pope Francis  conducts a blessing as he appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 12, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Photograph:
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

It has happened. People around here have been talking about it for years and years but it has finally happened. The cardinals of the Cath(...)