Vatican Pope

Black smoke has come out of the chimney on the roof the Sistine Chapel in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, which means there is no new Pope at the end of the first round of voting in the papal conclave.

A Cardinal needs 77 votes in this conclave to be named the next Pope. When the smoke is white, that means the 266th Pope has been chosen.

FOX News Radio's Courtney Walsh reports from the Vatican:

We just saw black smoke from the chimney on top of St. Peter's. That means the 115 Cardinals have not found the new leader of the Catholic Church. On St. Peter's Square there is a sea of umbrellas as the faithful have come out in droves despite the blustery rain to watch.

One veteran journalist told me she has never seen such a large turnout for the first smoke. Four large screens have been set up on the square with closeup shots of the chimney. 

Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi had said that it was likely we would not have a Pope on the first vote.That hasn't happened in centuries. Voting will continue tomorrow morning.

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