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Black smoke signals no pope chosen in first vote

Vatican City, Apr. 18, 2005 (CNA) - It was 20:05 in Rome when black smoke rose from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel. Black smoke indicates that though there was a first vote, none of the cardinals reached the two-thirds majority needed to elect a new Pope.

About 40 thousand people packed St. Peter´s Square to stare the smoke following the first vote. A second voting session will take place tomorrow morning, and a new smoke is expected at noon time.

The Smoke results of the incineration of the ballots used by the 115 cardinal electors.

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