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First meeting of conclave ends without new pope being chosen

There will be no new pope Tuesday. Billowing black smoke ushering forth from the rooftop of the Sistine Chapel signaled that cardinals had not selected a successor to Pope Benedict XVI during the first session of their papal conclave.

The 115 cardinals who will choose the new pope—including Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley—are expected to resume their deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (4:30 a.m. Boston time). They will gather for two conclave sessions each day until two-thirds of the cardinals vote for the same cardinal to become pope.

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