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Black Smoke From Chapel Chimney, No Pope Yet

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VATICAN CITY - Black smoke was spotted from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals did not elect a pope on their first try.

The cardinals held the first day of the conclave Tuesday. They are deeply divided over the problems of the church and who could best fix them following Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. The Vatican made it clear they did not expect a winner on the first ballot.
The cardinals now return to the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel for the night. They will return to the Apostolic Palace for Mass Wednesday morning and a new round of voting.

Pope Benedict is said to be following the process from home, as cardinals from around the globe start the task of choosing his successor.