Well it appears that the cardinals have given the black smoke indicating that no new pope has been selected. This is the first day that the Sistine
Chapel's chimmney has spewed smoke since the process began. During the selection process black smoke means that no pope has been selected while
white means that they have selected a new pope. Since it was black smoke the selection will continue tommorow on Tuesday.
VATICAN CITY - Black smoke streamed from the Sistine Chapel's chimney Monday to signal that cardinals failed to select a new pope in their first
round of voting, held just hours after they began their historic task: finding a leader capable of building on John Paul II's spiritual energy while
keeping modern rifts from tearing deeper into the church.
"It seems white. ... No, no, it's black!" reported Vatican Radio as the first pale wisps slipped out from the narrow pipe and then quickly darkened.
As millions around the world watched on television, at least 40,000 people waited in St. Peter's Square with all eyes on the chimney, where smoke from
the burned ballots would give the first word of the conclave: white meaning a new pontiff, black showing that the secret gathering will continue
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Seing as it's only the first day of the deliberation process it's only natural that it'll be black smoke. This time around it doesn't appear that
any person in particular is a really strong canidate. There has also been lot's of talk of a cardinal from a developing nation becoming pope. I feel
that this will probably be one of the longer papal election in Catholic history. Chances are that this may result in a significant change from
traditional European popes.
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