1. Black Smoke

    No Pope Chosen Today

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 12:  Black smoke billows out from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel indicating that the College of Cardinals have failed to elect a new Pope on March 12, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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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.

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