1. First day of papal conclave. Following Mass, the College of Cardinals will enter the Sistine Chapel and cast their first votes to select the successor to Pope Emeritus Benedict. We expect initial results around 6:30 p.m., Vatican time. Black smoke from the Chapel chimney will mean that no candidate received the necessary two-thirds majority vote. White smoke signals the selection of the next pope. Follow along with editor Mike Luciano’s live blog.
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