ADVERTISEMENT

Sistine Chapel - Vatican
Sistine Chapel is where the Papal Conclave is being held.

The Vatican Information Service reports that at 7:42 p.m. Rome time (1:42 p.m. Central), black smoke had arisen from the chimney installed on the roof of the Sistine Chapel signaling that the cardinal electors have not elected a new pope in the first ballot of the conclave.

The conclave is the cloistered process where cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church pray, discern and vote in the election of the new pope.

The Chair of Peter has been vacant since February 28, when Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement became official.

One-hundred-fifteen Roman Catholic cardinals did not come to consensus on a new pope during the first day of the papal conclave today.

The smoke was created by the burning of ballot papers used by the cardinals in their vote. Chemical cartridges were added to make certain the smoke did not appear to be white, which is the sign that a decision has been reached.

The conclave will reconvene on Wednesday morning.

Photo Credit: Maus-Trauden via Wikipedia Commons (GNU v.2)

Subscribe For Latest Updates

Sign up to receive stimulating conservative Christian commentary in your inbox.

Invalid email address
We promise not to spam you. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Thanks for subscribing!
You May Also Like

Top Ten Most Visited Articles in 2019

Caffeinated Thoughts receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. What were the most visited articles in 2019? Here is our list.

Common Sense Lacking with Largo, FL Police

I’m typically a supporter of police departments, but there’s something wrong with…

CyHawkThoughts: College Basketball Talk

After taking a week off because of the birth of Leon Casey…

5 Things U.S. Conservatives Need to Know About the European Union

What conservatives ought to seek for nations in the European Union is what America’s Founding Fathers sought – the right to govern itself.