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UPDATE: No pope chosen on first day of conclave


VATICAN CITY (WKOW) - The first ballots have been cast followed by black smoke billowing  from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signaling cardinals have not yet elected a pope.

The cardinals held the first day of the conclave deeply divided over the problems of the church and who would be best among them to fix the issues.  The Vatican made clear it didn't expect a winner on the first ballot.

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


VATICAN CITY (WKOW) – Cardinals at the Vatican celebrated a final Mass before they sequester themselves in the Sistine Chapel to begin selecting a new pope.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, delivered the homily on Tuesday, calling for unity within the church.

When Cardinal Sodano mentioned the name of the former pope Benedict, he was interrupted by applause from the people in the pews.

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