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No Pope Yet After Second Blast of Black Smoke: VIDEO

No Pope yet.

LombardiFrom the Guardian's live blog:

Father Federico Lombardi, the head of the Vatican press office, is giving a press conference about the papal conclave now.

Lombardi says he was surprised at how many people turned out in St Peter's Square last night for the black smoke, the Catholic News Service says.

He says the emotion and expectation is mounting.

Lombardi recalls that in 2005, when the white smoke went up to mark the fact Benedict XVI had become the next pope, throngs of people began running to St Peter's Square from all over Rome, the Catholic News Service says.

Lombardi confirms that three ballots have been taken so far, without any candidate getting the required 77 votes so far.

In 1939, Pius XII was elected on the third ballot, he says, but it has taken more ballots than that to chose the others since then. Multiple ballots is a sign of a normal process, Lombardi says. The black smoke is not a sign of any "particular division".

Lombardi explains how last night's impressively dark black smoke was produced, giving the chemical composition of the smoke cartridges that are inserted into the stoves. It's not his specialist subject, he says. Lombardi is asked if the smoke harmed the Michelangelo frescoes on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, or the cardinals' lungs.

No, it didn't, he replies.

Lombardi confirms the Italian newspaper reports we mentioned earlier saying that the emeritus pope, Benedict XVI, watched yesterday's conclave events on TV, while praying for the cardinals.

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  1. Seriously, who gives a sh*t????

    Posted by: johnny | Mar 13, 2013 9:11:06 AM

  2. Oh how will I ever be able to get through my day!?

    Posted by: Will | Mar 13, 2013 9:34:02 AM

  3. Anyone who knows the cruel, vindictive ending of Vercingetorix, Spartacus and Carthage can only blame Rome for the death of the Messiah. Any student of history knows Hitler considered himself the heir to Charlemagne and Napoleon. Any student of language knows the Greek prefix anti is synonymous with the Latin word Vicar.

    Posted by: nex pop | Mar 13, 2013 9:52:37 AM

  4. Call me a perv but I'm pretty sure all those hypocritical closet cases are just having too much fun sodomizing each other behind closed doors to come out.

    Posted by: Chris K | Mar 13, 2013 10:48:02 AM

  5. "Lombardi is asked if the smoke harmed the Michelangelo frescoes on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, or the cardinals' lungs.

    No, it didn't, he replies."

    Pretty much all I care about this fiasco of a process in a mendacious church is how it affects the artwork created by Michelangelo - and I don't give a crap about the Cardinals' lungs.

    Posted by: Hank | Mar 13, 2013 11:21:50 AM

  6. Why do we care who is the next self-deluded idiot to think himself infallible?

    Posted by: Joel | Mar 13, 2013 12:11:41 PM

  7. If it ends up being a guy named Peter who's from Rome, run for the hills!

    Posted by: anon | Mar 13, 2013 1:38:20 PM

  8. If there's one thing God can't stand, it's a Pope, this one, that one, the next to be, and all that have ever been. Each is a version of God in drag. Fake, false and fatuous.

    Where's the fresh air...

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 13, 2013 1:49:56 PM

  9. There are actually three smoke signals, not two.

    White; they elected a new pope

    Black: they did not elect a new pope.

    Gray: This is Italy, where things can be a bit chaotic. The guy running the smoke machine probably had a little too much vino for lunch.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 13, 2013 2:05:53 PM

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