"habemus papam" (Latin)

What does the Latin term habemus papam mean?

"Habemus papam" is a Latin phrase that translates to "We have a pope." It is traditionally announced by the cardinal protodeacon from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City to declare the election of a new pope by the College of Cardinals.

Examples in Sentences

Here are three example sentence using the phrase "Habemus papam":
  • With great excitement, the cardinal protodeacon announced "Habemus papam" to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square, revealing the newly elected pope.
  • As the white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel chimney, the announcement "Habemus papam" echoed through Vatican City, signifying the election of the new pope.
  • With anticipation in the air, the crowd eagerly awaited the announcement "Habemus papam" to learn the name of the successor to the papal throne.
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.