Many people across the world are wondering when we should be watching the chimney above the Sistine Chapel to see the smoke that will tell us whether a new pope has been elected.
Here is a quick guide to when to watch and what to expect . . .
The Color of the Smoke
After casting ballots, the cardinals burn them, and this is what produces the smoke. They also burn other things--straw or chemicals--to change the color of the smoke, though precisely what they're burning this time is a bit of a mystery.
As most people know, it is supposed to be black if there is no new pope but it is supposed to be white if there is.
In practice, there have been troubles with the color of the...READ MORE