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Cadet Smirk
18 April 2005 @ 02:13 pm
No Decision


The first vote of the papal conclave has concluded with black smoke billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. As the ballots are burned, black smoke indicates that no pontiff has been elected. When white smoke appears, the world will know a new Roman Pontiff has ascended to the throne of St. Peter.

Conclave sessions will resume tomorrow at 0300 EDT with up to four possible votes throughout the day. No conclave in the past 100 years has lasted more than five days.

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Nicholas Ryan Miller XIIicanloveiswear on April 18th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
See...here's my beef with that. Why not just go outside and say "Okay, we have a new pope!"
Cadet Smirkjayarr on April 18th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
They do that once the new Pope is dressed in the papal vestments and ready to appear from a balcony of the Apostolic Palace. When that happens, which is within an hour of the burning of the ballots, a Cardinal makes the following announcement:

"Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: Habemus Papam! Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum [forename], Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem [surname], qui sibi nomen imposuit [papal name]."

Which translates to, "I announce to you a great joy: We have a Pope! The Most Eminent and Most Reverend Lord, Lord [forename], Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church [surname], who takes to himself the name [papal name]."