Black smoke signals no pope chosen

2013-03-12 20:50

Vatican City - Black smoke rose from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Tuesday, signalling that Roman Catholic cardinals had not elected a new pope in the first vote of their secret conclave.

The black smoke was seen by thousands of faithful in St Peter's Square and means the 115 cardinals will hold a new round of voting on Wednesday morning. They will remain sequestered behind the Vatican's medieval walls until they elect a successor to Pope Emeritus Benedict, who abdicated last month.

When the cardinals agree on a pontiff, white smoke will rise from the makeshift chimney on the chapel roof and the bells of St Peter's basilica will peal.

The Vatican uses a mixture of potassium perchlorate, anthracene and sulphur to produce black smoke. For white smoke, potassium chlorate, lactose and rosin is used.

  • Ditoa-re Gypsy - 2013-03-12 21:07


      Anele Dyosi - 2013-03-12 21:44

      Bloody crooks, everything is a secret to them (devils). Keep your hopes high for nothing because there'll never be a black pope anytime soon, if not ever

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-03-12 21:10

    Black smoke black pope wat next f?ck my dog??

  • WigzellRM - 2013-03-12 21:15

    Hurry up already!

  • Gorden Norman - 2013-03-12 21:18

    Black smoke means NO pope and white smoke means there is a pope isn't that racist.

      ann.arkist.5 - 2013-03-12 21:34

      Gorden, I am sure it is, but I don't know why? No pope would be a good thing, in which case black smoke should be a good thing. Popes are bad things, so still black smoke is a good thing. I am just really confused about this now.

      Joe Soapie - 2013-03-13 07:06

      Yes, of course it's racist. Just like "blackmail" is also racist, hey? By that logic, nature is racist because we can't see at night .. when it's dark and black. Right? Right? :O

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-12 21:25

    That's racist!!

      Joe Soapie - 2013-03-13 07:07

      Totally! Omg! /sarcasm

  • Mabs - 2013-03-12 21:26

    The Catholic hierachy in Rome has let down its followers. When Christ walked the stoney dry ground of Israel he never wore ermine cloaks, red leather slippers, gold helmet or ate lavish meals. He was a simple man doing good.

      The_Don_@_Nkandla - 2013-03-12 22:09

      @ Mabs. I do not belong to any church but follow what is happening at the Vatican with great interest because I do believe that churches have a very important role as moral watchdogs. But I agree wholeheartedly with what you are saying: The RC church & all the popes, bishops & cardinals seem to exist for the purpose of self-glorification. Why all this pompous dressing-up in red, gold and bejewelled cloaks & mitres, etc & living in sumptuous luxury while the vast majority of their flock live in abject poverty in Africa & South America, is just way beyond my understanding. The RC church is in direct conflict with the preachings of the New Testament and all of the venerated Saints they so adore & glorify. All these highly sophisticated old men with their refined manners mumbling away in Latin are far removed from the ordinary flock. They just seem to have forgotten the simple Biblical essentials of love & tolerance. It's also highly discriminatory & sexist: Most practising RC members are women yet they cannot be ordained as priests & are doomed to subordinate roles in the church & the Curia. It's failed humanity dismally & is a lost cause. We need another reformation.

      Georg Laing - 2013-03-13 04:50

      I consider myself a faithful Catholic, but I agree with you. The lavishness and pomp of the Vatican is something that the early Catholic Church, not to mention Christ Himself, would profoundly disapprove of. There has been a movement in the direction of the early Church, started by St. Pius X and continued by Pope Emeritus BXVI, but its been very slow-going and could use a good kick in the behind.

  • Barefoot - 2013-03-12 21:26

    Someone tell those Bras there's Twitter and Facebook. less emissions smoke signals are so 1st century.

  • pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-03-12 21:38

    A pope? Nope!

  • Andy IX Masowa - 2013-03-12 21:51

    uuuh wat a caramity! which means more Black smoke Means No POPE?

  • garrick.dunstan - 2013-03-12 21:53

    I like the pope the pope smokes dope

  • gratton.rush - 2013-03-12 22:01

    Where did all this originate from. No where in Gods word is this ritual mentioned. Having bee birthed into catholism until I turned 31 and became a Christian. All this crap is to control the illiterate people in the world Christ left his holy spirit not some Italian man made puppet. How can people be so gullable to this man made control machine. Read the word of God and stop being led like ignorant sheep.

      Georg Laing - 2013-03-13 04:41

      My appreciation and respect for science, other faiths and cultures and especially for Christianity and Christ Our Lord has increased a thousandfold after converting to Catholicism. Catholicism, contrary to popular belief and fundamentalist propaganda, encourages critical thinking and expanding your mind. Its universality necessitates it. Just read the Summa Theologica and you'll forever lay to rest the silly idea that Catholics are simple sheep blindly following unreasonable doctrines.

  • blessing.khumalo.90 - 2013-03-12 22:03

    So if they elect a black pope the catholics will remain popeless since black smoke indicate there is no pope,hope the new popw will resort to morden technology and stop polluting the air

      Joe Soapie - 2013-03-13 07:11

      // So if they elect a black pope the catholics will remain popeless since black smoke indicate there is no pope // What?

  • Tommo Too - 2013-03-13 00:41

    If pink smoke rises out of the chimney then...?

      Joe Soapie - 2013-03-13 07:10

      Then the pope is not only chosen, but gay too.

      Barefoot - 2013-03-13 07:22

      boys are safe

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