Black Smoke From Sistine Chapel, No Pope Yet


Black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican on Wednesday, indicating that the 115 Cardinals inside have not yet chosen a new pope.

The crowd jeered as black smoke arose from the chimney at the Sistine Chapel on late Wednesday morning time in Rome.

Black smoke also signaled around 8 p.m. Monday evening the end of the first day of the papal conclave that no decision on the selection of Pope from the voting Cardinals.

When the new Pope is elected, he will be led to the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. On that so-called Loggia of the Blessings, Cardinal Proto-Deacon Jean-Louis Tauran of France will announce in Latin: “Habemus Papam!”, pronounce the given name of the new Pope, and declare the name he has chosen under which to reign. The Pope will then emerge and give his first traditional Urbi et Orbi — the papal blessing saluting and praying for the city of Rome and the wider world.

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