Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet

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Associated Press

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 11:36 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is doing its best to makes sure there is no doubt this time.

After 115 cardinals cast their votes Tuesday night and no one gained the 77 votes needed to be elected pope, thick, unmistakably black smoke billowed out of the Sistine Chapel chimney.

Thousands waiting in the chilly rain in St. Peter's Square had no trouble reading the signal. Notre Dame theology major Eliza Nagle exclaimed, "it's waaay black!" while Father Andrew Gawrych commented: "They definitely got the color right this time." The Rome-based American was referring to the confusion over the smoke during the 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

That was thanks to special smoke flares — similar to those used in soccer matches or protests — lit in the chapel ovens to make the burned ballots black.

The sign means cardinals must come back for another day of voting Wednesday.

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304-v-26-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor)--Cardinals in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel face a second day of voting to elect a new pope. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. ((Opens with sound)) (12 Mar 2013)

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305-r-11-(Crowd in St. Peter's Square, reacting to smoke from the Sistine Chapel's chimney)--Sound of the crowd in St. Peter's Square reacting to black smoke from the Sistine Chapel's chimney after Tuesday's first papal conclave vote. (12 Mar 2013)

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261-a-08-(Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, in AP interview)-"smoke was black"-Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says he's pleased the technicians who operate the Sistine Chapel stove had the smoke looking just right. (12 Mar 2013)

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263-a-10-(Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, in AP interview)-"and to voting"-Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says the cardinals have become grave and focused as balloting begins. (12 Mar 2013)

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262-a-10-(Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, in AP interview)-"white smoke tonight"-Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says he sure wasn't surprised to see the black smoke. (12 Mar 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, the Vatican, with ELECTION OF THE POPE lettering on texture, partial graphic (13 Mar 2013)

GRAPHICSBANK: Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, the Vatican, with BLACK SMOKE: NO POPE lettering on white banner, finished graphic (13 Mar 2013)

GRAPHICSBANK: Cardinals enter Sistine Chapel before start of conclave to elect new pope, Vatican, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano photo on texture with CONCLAVE lettering, finished graphic (12 Mar 2013)

APPHOTO VAT513: Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The black smoke indicates that the cardinals did not elect a new pope. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) (12 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO OSS115: In this picture released by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, cardinals take an oath of secrecy and make their way to their seats inside the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, before they start the conclave to elect the 266th Roman Catholic pope. Cardinals from around the globe locked themselves inside the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to choose a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church, surrounded by Michelangelo's imposing frescos imagining the beginning and the end of the world. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho) (12 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO XOB114: Catholic priests, right, wait for the election of the 266th Roman Catholic pope in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, on the first day of the conclave held in the Sistine Chapel. White smoke billowing from a chimney erected on the roof of the Sistine Chapel would announce to the world that the new pope has been chosen by the 115 cardinals gathered in the Michelangelo's frescoed chapel inside the Vatican. Black smoke would indicate no election yet. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) (12 Mar 2013)

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