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The announcement is given from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. After the announcement, the new pope is presented to the people and he gives his first Urbi et Orbi blessing.
The format for the announcement when a cardinal is elected Pope is:
Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum:
Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum [First Name],
Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem [Last Name],
Qui sibi nomen imposuit [Papal Name].
In English, it reads:
I announce to you a great joy:
We have a Pope!
The most eminent and most reverend Lord,
Lord [First Name],
Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church [Last Name],
Who takes to himself the name of [Papal Name].
In the most recent Habemus Papam announcement, given by Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez on 19 April 2005 upon the election of Pope Benedict XVI, the announcement was preceded by a greeting in several languages:
Announcing the names of the new Pontiff
In announcing the name of the newly-elected pontiff, the new pontiff's birth forename or first name is announced in Latin in the accusative case (e.g., Angelum Iosephum, Ioannem Baptistam, Albinum, Carolum, Iosephum), but the new pontiff's surname or family name is given in the original form (e.g., Roncalli, Montini, Luciani, Wojtyła, Ratzinger). The new pope's regnal name is usually given in the genitive case in Latin (e.g., Ioannis vicesimi tertii, Ioannis Pauli primi etc.), although it can also be declined in the accusative case in Latin (as was the case in 1963 when Pope Paul VI's regnal name was announced as Paulum sextum).
Protodeacons who gave announcement
This is a partial list of protodeacons (senior cardinal deacons) who have been known to have given the Habemus Papam announcement.
- Francesco Sforza di Santa Fiora, announced the elections of Pope Leo XI and Pope Paul V in 1605
- Andrea Baroni Peretti Montalto, announced the election of Pope Gregory XV (1621)
- Alessandro d'Este, announced the election of Pope Urban VIII (1623)
- Giangiacomo Teodoro Trivulzio, announced the election of Pope Alexander VII (1655)
- Rinaldo d'Este, announced the election of Pope Clement IX (1667)
- Francesco Maidalchini, announced the elections of Pope Clement X (1670), Pope Innocent XI (1676) and Pope Alexander VIII (1689)
- Urbano Saccetti, announced the election of Pope Innocent XII (1691)
- Benedetto Pamphilj, announced the elections of Pope Clement XI (1700), Pope Innocent XIII (1721) and Pope Benedict XIII (1724)
- Lorenzo Altieri, announced the election of Pope Clement XII (1730), but was not able because of illness to announce the election of Pope Benedict XIV in 1740 (Cardinal Carlo Maria Marini acted as his substitute).
- Alessandro Albani, announced the elections of Pope Clement XIII (1758), Pope Clement XIV (1769) and Pope Pius VI (1775)
- Antonio Doria Pamphilj, announced Pope Pius VII's election (1800)
- Fabrizio Ruffo, announced Pope Leo XII's election (1823)
- Giuseppe Albani, announced the elections of Pope Pius VIII (1829) and Pope Gregory XVI (1831)
- Tommaso Riario Sforza, announced Pope Pius IX's election (1846)
- Prospero Caterini, announced Pope Leo XIII's election (1878)
- Luigi Macchi, announced Pope Pius X's election (1903)
- Francesco Salesio Della Volpe, announced Pope Benedict XV's election (1914)
- Gaetano Bisleti, announced Pope Pius XI's election (1922)
- Camillo Caccia-Dominioni, announced Pope Pius XII's election (1939)
- Nicola Canali, announced Pope John XXIII's election (1958)
- Alfredo Ottaviani, announced Pope Paul VI's election (1963)
- Pericle Felici, announced the elections of Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II (1978)
- Jorge Medina Estévez, announced Pope Benedict XVI's election (2005)