Sistine Chapel

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White smoke signals Catholic church has chosen a new pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — White smoke signals Catholic church has chosen a new pope.

03/13/2013

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Crowd disappointed by black smoke, but Vatican spokesman says consensus takes time

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The sight of thick black smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is bringing sighs of disappointment from the thousands of people who’ve gathered there in the rainy, chilly weather, waiting for news that a new pope has been elected.

03/13/2013

Three urns designed by artist Cecco Bonanotte to be used to collect ballots during the Vatican conclave. (AP Photo)

Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try. See a video clip here.

03/12/2013

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The choreographed election of a pope in a nutshell

Penny and Phil spoke with some experts who shed light on the papal elections going on now in Rome. Click here to listen and learn more about the process.

03/12/2013

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Cardinals count down to conclave with final talks

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs more of a manager pope to clean up the Vatican or a pastoral pope.

03/11/2013

Firefighters place the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, where cardinals will gather to elect the new pope. (AP Photo)

Sistine Chapel chimney installed as conclave nears, still no frontrunner

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican is trying to put an end to speculation that divisions among cardinals could drag out the conclave to elect the new pope. Preparations for the vote are plowing ahead, with firefighters installing the Sistine Chapel chimney that will tell the world when a decision has been reached.

03/09/2013

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Vatican still waiting for 5 cardinals for conclave

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave that will choose the next pope, but five cardinals had yet to arrive for the preparatory meetings.

03/05/2013

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