White smoke for a new pope at the Vatican.

German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope on 19 April 2005. The 78-year-old succeeded Pope John Paul II and took the name Pope Benedict XVI. He was elected by ballot by the conclave of cardinals on the second day of their formal deliberations.

This RTÉ News report shows white smoke coming out of the chimney of the Vatican, a traditional sign that a new pope has been elected. Crowds cheer in St Peter's Square as the new pope appears in the window of the basilica.

Sean Whelan reports for RTÉ News on 19 April 2005.