Sistine Chapal

  • Cardinals fail to elect Pope after three ballots March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: Black smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel for a second day on Wednesday after a secret conclave of cardinals held two more inconclusive votes for a new Pope to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church. Following an initial split ballot when they were first shut away amid the...
  • Black smoke signals inconclusive papal vote March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: Black smoke rose from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, signalling Roman Catholic cardinals had not agreed on a Pope to succeed Benedict on their first full morning of voting in a secret conclave. Cardinals held an initial ballot on Tuesday and held two more on Wednesday morning, with...
  • Black smoke from Sistine Chapel, no consensus on new Pope yet March 13, 2013

    Black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel after the first round of voting, indicating the cardinals have not reached a consensus on the next Pope. ...
  • How the papal conclaves fared in the past century March 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Over the past century, no conclave has lasted more than five days and the fastest vote was for Pope Pius XII. Twice prelates from North America missed the vote because they couldn't get to Rome in time, and a Hungarian cardinal sat out two conclaves because he was...
  • Papal conclave to elect new Pope begins March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: Roman Catholic Cardinals begin a conclave on Tuesday to elect the Church's 266th pontiff and a successor to Pope Benedict, who abdicated unexpectedly in February. The 115 cardinal electors under the age of 80 prayed for divine help on Tuesday, hours before entering the frescoed Sistine Chapel on...