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Second Holy Black Smoke - No New Pope Yet



VATICAN CITY- The second round of black smoke puffed out of the Sistine Chapel chimney Wednesday morning, meaning no luck so far for the 115 cardinals gathered inside to choose a successor to Benedict XVI.

At 11:38 a.m. local time the smoke emerged, revealing no pope has yet been chosen. The cardinals have now voted three times: once Tuesday afternoon, and twice on Wednesday morning.

The cardinals will continue voting twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon until two-thirds can agree on a name. If the first round of balloting does not reach a result, then it is left to be burned with the second round. Vatican watchers say the longer the voting goes on, the more chance that an outsider candidate might emerge.

After lunch, the cardinals will resume voting in the afternoon. La Stampa are live blogging the conclave in English here.

Worldcrunch is covering the papal election from all angles in our Dossier 360º The Next Pope.

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This Happened — September 18: Jimi Hendrix Dies

Jimi Hendrix died on this day in 1970 from an accidental drug overdose. He was found unconscious in his London apartment and was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to the hospital.

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