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12 Photos Of Catholics Losing Their Minds About The New Pope

All over the world, Catholics cheer, cry, pray, and wail after the announcement of the new pope on Wednesday night.

Posted on March 13, 2013, at 7:26 p.m. ET

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A nun reacts as Pope Francis I appears at the window of St. Peter's Basilica's balcony in Vatican City.
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A nun reacts as Pope Francis I appears at the window of St. Peter's Basilica's balcony in Vatican City.

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The crowd reacts as Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.
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The crowd reacts as Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.

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More clapping at St. Peter's Basilica.
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More clapping at St. Peter's Basilica.

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Catholics wave flags at St. Peter's Basilica.
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Catholics wave flags at St. Peter's Basilica.

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Roman Catholics celebrate the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new Pope, at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires.
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Roman Catholics celebrate the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new Pope, at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires.

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Catholics at Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires raise their hands toward the sky.
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Catholics at Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires raise their hands toward the sky.

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A Catholic nun claps at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
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A Catholic nun claps at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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A Catholic man prays after the announcement of the new Pope at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
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A Catholic man prays after the announcement of the new Pope at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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More Roman Catholics cheer at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
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More Roman Catholics cheer at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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Roman Catholics celebrate the new Pope at the Metropolitan Cathedral with Argentina's flag on display.
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Roman Catholics celebrate the new Pope at the Metropolitan Cathedral with Argentina's flag on display.

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People react to the announcement of newly elected Pope Francis I at St. Patrick's Catherdral in New York.
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People react to the announcement of newly elected Pope Francis I at St. Patrick's Catherdral in New York.

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A lady cries after the announcement of the new pope at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
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A lady cries after the announcement of the new pope at St. Patrick's Cathedral.