VATICAN CITY — At 11:38am local time on March 13, black smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney, indicating that the cardinals gathered at the Vatican have not yet reached an agreement on the next pope.
Voting began on the evening of March 12, yielding an initial inconclusive vote marked by black smoke at 7:43pm local time.
Two more rounds of voting will be held in the afternoon, with a smoke signal expected between 7 and 8pm Rome time.
As a general rule, four rounds of voting and two smoke signals will take place each day until a pope is chosen. The exception to that rule occurs when a pope is selected on either the morning or the afternoon’s first ballot. In that case, the...READ MORE