Black Smoke

No Pope Chosen Today

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There’ll be at least one more day of watching the Vatican chimney. Black smoke this afternoon signaled that no candidate got the required 77 votes needed to clinch the spot. There was only one round of balloting today, but from now on each day will have two rounds in the morning and two in the evening. Once counted, the ballots are burned along with chemicals in an oven in the Sistine Chapel. If the smoke is black (as it was today), there’s no result and voting continues. If it’s white, then it’s time to party—there’s a new pope in town.