13 March, 2013

CNN Breaking News

Black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at 11:39 a.m. (6:39 a.m. ET) Wednesday, indicating that cardinals gathered in the Vatican to elect a new pope had not agreed on anyone in their second or third ballots of the conclave. The cardinals will break for lunch and then resume voting.

The 115 voting eligible church leaders filed into the chapel chamber at 9:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET).

They had four opportunities to vote Wednesday, twice early in the day and twice later.

A two-thirds majority is required to confirm a new pontiff to step into the shoes left empty by the historic resignation of Benedict XVI at the end of last month.

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