Black smoke! Voting begins again tomorrow morning UPDATED

From the Vatican Information Service:

This evening at 7:42pm, black smoke rose from the chimney installed on the roof of the Sistine Chapel signalling that the Cardinal electors have not elected a new Pope in the first ballot of the Conclave.

According to the schedule released over the weekend, a second vote will be taken tomorrow morning, immediately following the Liturgy of the Hours at 9:30 am, Roman time. The next smoke signal can be expected around noon (7 am ET); if another vote is taken, smoke would be expected around 7 pm (2 pm ET).

A clarification: Two rounds of voting will most likely take place tomorrow morning, starting after the Divine Office at 9:30 am. While it isn’t expected that the first of the morning votes will produce a pope, if it does, smoke would likely appear around 10:30 or 11 am (that is, 5:30 or 6 am, ET). Assuming the anticipated two rounds of voting are necessary, smoke can be expected around Roman noon. Two more rounds would then take place tomorrow afternoon, after the cardinals break for lunch.


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