First Conclave vote ends in “No Pope” black smoke

The world waits for white smoke which will signal the election of the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Roman Catholic Cardinals voting in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City have ended the first round of voting, failing to produce a new Pope for the Church.

Black smoke was let out of the chimney of the chapel after the first round of votes signalling a “No Pope” vote. Traditionally, white smoke signals a successful election and the appointment of a Pope.

The cardinals are currently voting to elect the 266th pope. The election comes after the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI, who officially quit the Seat of Peter on February 28.

The 115 Cardinal electors under the age of 80 currently in the frescoed Sistine Chapel will be voting up to four times daily until one of them receives a two-thirds majority or 77 votes. At the election of a new pope, the much-awaited white smoke will be released.

No conclave has lasted than more than five days in the past century. Pope Benedict was elected within barely 24 hours in 2005 after just four rounds of voting.


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