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Cardinals to resume papal deliberations  Cardinals are due to begin their second day of deliberations in the Vatican conclave that will elect a new pope, after reaching no decision on Tuesday No pope after cardinals' first vote
Cardinals undecided on next Pope


year 2013 Top ^

Mar.13
  Black smoke has issued from the Sistine Chapel in Rome, signalling that the second and third votes in the Papal election have been inconclusive
Mar.12
  Black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, indicating that cardinals had not chosen one in the first ballot of their conclave

  115 cardinals have entered the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, where they will begin voting to elect a new Pope
Mar.9 Chimney installed for pope election  Firefighters have fitted a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican ahead of the conclave which will elect a new pope Feb.11   Benedict 'to stand back' on new pope  Pope Benedict XVI will not interfere in choosing his successor after his shock decision to resign at the end of the month, the pontiff's brother...

year 2005 Top ^

Apr.19   Ratzinger elected as new Pope
  78-year-old German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
 The College of Cardinals took only 2 days to choose the successor to John Paul II. The crowd clapped as the smoke billowed over Vatican City and waited for the ringing of bells. At 6:43 p.m. Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez announced Ratzinger's election in Latin. Bush called Benedict XVI 'a man of great wisdom and knowledge'.
Black smoke after morning votes
  The 115 cardinals had not elected a new pope in their two morning votes
Apr.18   No pope chosen in first vote
  Black smoke exited a chimney at the Sistine Chapel, indicating a vote was taken and a pope was not selected Cardinals begin electing new pope  The 115 Roman Catholic cardinals eligible to vote entered the Renaissance splendour of the Sistine Chapel Apr.16 Vatican prepares for papal ballot  Roman Catholic cardinals have begun their final meeting before the secret conclave Apr.8 Cardinals look ahead to election   The Church has begun 4 days of mourning for Pope John Paul II, with a daily Mass at St Peter's Basilica Apr.6   Papal conclave set for April 18  The College of Cardinals will begin a secret conclave to choose a successor to John Paul II


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