March 12, 2013

Black smoke: First day of conclave ends without new pope

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Cardinal Angelo Sodano blesses the crowds inside St. Peter's Basilica following a special Mass prior to the conclave to elect a new pope. Photo courtesy George Martell/The Pilot Media Group

Cardinal Angelo Sodano blesses the crowds inside St. Peter's Basilica following a special Mass prior to the conclave to elect a new pope. Photo courtesy George Martell/The Pilot Media Group

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Black smoke from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel signaled that the first day of the conclave ended without the election of a new pope.