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Black smoke at Vatican signals no new pope

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After the first vote on Tuesday, black smoke coming from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel signaled that cardinals had not selected a new pope, news sources report.

The New York Times reports that the smoke signal appeared, lit by a spotlight, at 7:41 p.m. and was seen by thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square. Two rounds of voting are scheduled for the morning and the evening each day, and the next round is set to begin at 9:30 tomorrow morning.

According to the New York Times, in order to win, a candidate must receive two-thirds of the vote. This means that 77 of the 115 cardinals must vote for a candidate to be named the next pope. When a new pope is selected, the smoke will be white instead of black.

CNN reports that according to Catholic rules, cardinals older than 80 cannot vote in the conclave, but they can attend the meetings that are held before it. Electors are prohibited from using electronics to communicate with the outside world during this time by jamming devices.

The CNN article states that there is no one clear frontrunner in this conclave. However, Italy's Cardinal Angelo Scola, Brazil's Odilo Scherer, Canadian Marc Ouellet, U.S. cardinals Sean O'Malley of Boston and Timothy Dolan of New York, and Ghana's Peter Turkson are among the favorites.

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