The following photographs were taken in St. Peter's Square, Rome, on March 12th and 13th, 2013. Nuns wait in the rain at the start of the Conclave in Vatican City.Christopher Morris—VII for TIME
The following photographs were taken in St. Peter's Square, Rome, on March 12th and 13th, 2013. Nuns wait in the rain a
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Waiting for the New Pope by Christopher Morris

Mar 14, 2013

The pilgrims in the Vatican always embody curiosity and expectation — but when the Sistine Chapel is in conclave for the election of a Pope, those feelings are magnified, becoming something almost indescribable in words. Photojournalist Christopher Morris arrived in Rome on March 11 and began documenting their visible expressions as the Cardinals gathered to cast their ballots for a new Pontiff. The result of the election was historic: the first Pope from the New World and the first of his name, Francis. Morris' photos capture the emotions and sentiments of the crowd as they congregate and wait and watch and, in the end, marvel at the renewal of a 2,000-year old religious institution.

See also: Conclave, Christopher Morris' short film

Christopher Morris is a contract photographer for TIME represented by VII.

Howard Chua-Eoan is the News Director of TIME.

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