Cardinals begin their conclave to choose next pope.
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March 12, 2013

The Smoke is Black: No Pope After Cardinals’ First Vote

Update at 2:43 p.m. ET. No Pope Today: Black smoke just poured from the chimney above the Vatican. That means, as was expected, the cardinals did not choose a pope on the first vote of their conclave to name a successor to the now-retired Pope Benedict XVI.


Cardinals gathered in Vatican City on Monday, a day before the papal selection process known as the conclave begins.
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March 11, 2013

A Rough Guide to The Papal Conclave

The stage is now set for the opening act of one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet: the election of a pope.


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