Black Smoke Signals on First Day of Conclave

The Cardinals held their first ballot on Tuesday to elect a new Pope, with black smoke signaling no winner on the first day of their conclave inside the Sistine Chapel.

Black smoke rose into the evening sky over the Vatican as a conclave of Cardinals failed to select a new Pope on its first vote Tuesday.
Thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square to watch the results, but trickled quietly out of Vatican City shortly after the black smoke rose around 8 p.m. local time.


The outcome of the first ballot was expected, since all 115 of the Cardinals are theoretically candidates, and the winner must receive two-thirds, or 77, of the votes.

The election will continue on Wednesday, with with ballots each in the morning and afternoon.

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