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No New Pope During First Vote Of Conclave at Vatican

2:22 PM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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People gather in St Peter's Square as Cardinals meet in the Sistine Chapel for the 1st day of the conclave on March 12, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Courtesy: Getty Images.

Vatican City, Vatican -- Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try.

The cardinals held the first day of the conclave Tuesday deeply divided over the problems of the church and who best among them could fix them following the stunning resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican made clear it didn't expect a winner on the first ballot.

The cardinals now return to the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel for the night. They return to the Apostolic Palace for Mass Wednesday morning and a new round of voting.

Associated Press

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