Mar 12, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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In Rome black smoke has billowed from the Sistine Chapel Chimney.

That indicates the first ballots cast in the election of a new pope has failed to give a majority to any of the cardinals.

White smoke indicates a new pope has been chosen.

Father Darren Dias is with the University of St. Michael’s College.

He says there won’t be another round of voting until tomorrow morning.

Earlier today Chanting the litany of the saints 115 red-clad Cardinals  made their way to the Sistine Chapel to begin their conclave.

There’s no indication of how long the secret balloting will last.

Other than the smoke signals all communication with the outside world is cut off  as the Cardinals vote.

Three Canadian Cardinals are eligible to cast ballots.

More than 5-thousand journalist from around the world are in Rome to cover the election.




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