Black smoke over Vatican: Still no new pope on Day 2


Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel as cardinals voted on the second day of the conclave to elect a pope in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke indicates that no pope was elected. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

VATICAN CITY— Black smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning Roman Catholic cardinals have not elected a pope in their second or third rounds of balloting.

Cardinals voted twice Wednesday in Michelangelo’s famed frescoed chapel after a first vote Tuesday in a conclave to elect a successor to Benedict XVI, who stunned the Catholic world last month by becoming the first pope in 600 years to resign.

The conclave was called after Pope Benedict XVI resigned last month, throwing the church into turmoil and exposing deep divisions among cardinals tasked with finding a manager to clean up a corrupt Vatican bureaucracy as well as a pastor who can revive Catholicism in a time of growing secularism.

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  • topolcats

    Fxx the pope!

  • Crazy_horse101010

    wonder whats going on in the rest of the world

    • buttones

      Well, just to bring you up to date-there is some loony in North Korea wants to start a war with American and everybody else- some guys in Saudi were executed by firing squad because they have run out of swordsmen- the war in Syria rages unabated,- about 150,000 people died today because they did not have enough to eat- [ a trivial matter I just thought I’d throw in] same sex marriages in Colorado are now in vogue. The weather in western Europe is very bad with lots of snow, and Iran is suing Hollywood about this film Argo which depicted Iran in a bad light. Back home, ‘Bam’ Aquino wants the government to go into the risk business handing out cash to wanabee millionaires, Ms Binay has invited everybody to a dinner to chat about the Sabah issue, Comelec have stopped aspiring Senators handing out free drinks for days on end so the electorate can be a little more sober… as if!That’s a summary of world and local news…..Oh, I nearly forgot, My Lacson has a new job at the Palace but it’s a secret…

      • ARIKUTIK

        The local news in town was that so many ladies are smiling with star twinkling eyes waiting for the final hour of that planed June bride.

  • Estee Muri

    naku ,madali lang  po iyan… Just send the Present President of thePhilippines  to Vatican dahil mayroon siyang DA-ANG MATUWID,  so send him to manage and clean up the corrupt Vatican Bureaucracy… at ang kanyang  Ladlad party at saka si Madame Carandang as his spokesperson;….Si Lacierda at si Valte… Tingnang ninyo lang .. the first  thing  Aquino  will  do is to tell those in the Vatican  that  there will be no WANG-wang  at iyon ay ipagmalaki ka-agad niya as his First Accomplishment being the manager sa VAtican… You are saying ????

  • buttones

    It’s an interesting process, this Pope electing, I’ve always wondered what they burn to make the smoke black, and what they burn to make it white- any info on this? Just to satisfy my curiosity?

    • Javaman

      Madali lang yan get a bone of gloria arroyo sunogin mo ang usok ay itim at ang boto kay Pnoy puti. gets mo!

      • buttones

        My question was out of a genuine interest, you reply was just silly…

      • ARIKUTIK

        To be genuinely curious as to how it becomes black or white smoke (since moderator blocked my previuos conconctions) IS > eeeeewwwwww…….

      • Javaman


      • buttones

        And to you also…

      • Ryan_The_Great83

        none sense..

    • kypros

      they burn the failed ballots. The ‘great elector’ or the Cardinal who reads the ballot, tie the failed ballot till it makes a sort or a ring, burn it in a temporary oven then he adds a chemical, no one is really sure what those chemicals are, to make the smoke black or white.

      • buttones

        Thank you, now I know, a bit wiser today and thank you for that…. I think red smoke would have been more appropriate for a new Pope, Cardinals being dressed in cardinal red an’ all but that’s just my opinion….

      • kypros

         actually not a bad idea; red for positive, black for negative …. just like the battery lead of your car! but the conclave is an ancient tradition that they are reliving in modern times, i guess they don’t know how to make red smoke back then.

      • buttones

        Maybe not, I’m sure a chemist can tell us how to make red smoke now. Maybe a flag semaphore might have been better? It hardly matters of course, we await the white smoke…

      • ARIKUTIK

        Red smoke is so unnatural while white is like clouds ascending into the sky towards heaven. I vote for white smoke.
        Red is for ladies in valentine attire. That is, in case of some thin glass is broken then blood spot will not be noticed in red colored dress.

    • Pyrite C

      The original additive to the burning ballots was “wet grass” to make black smoke but its was not consistent.  For the past 2 conclaves, it’s some chemical that is added ensuring that the smoke will be black.

      No additive is used to make white smoke.

      • buttones

        Thank you!


      Yong pinag hirapan kong reply ay gi moderator …… waaaahhhhhh……..

    • Hornbook

      “The Vatican now uses a mixture of potassium perchlorate, anthracene, and sulphur to produce black smoke and potassium chlorate, lactose, and rosin for white, the Vatican says on its website.
      Two stoves stand in a corner of the chapel, one for burning the ballots and the other for the chemicals, with the smoke from both stoves going up a common flue.An electronic control panel allows the choice between the two, and the correct compound is burned at the same time as the used ballots.”Interesting process isn’t it?

      • ARIKUTIK

        I though they just sprinkle some diesel fuel to make it black smoke just like jeepneys in MM which makes nostrils cloged with black matters. As for white smoke, white paper emotes white smoke of course as in the smoke is now pure, nothing is added…… weeeeee >>>>>>>>

      • superpilipinas

        not burn with rubber tires for black?

        and melt dry ice or use fog machine for white? 

      • buttones

        Well it is isn’t it, very interesting, despite the chemicals, or whatever they  use I doubt Vatican City hardly contributes much to global warming!

  • nel

    Black smoke? baka naman nag-mamariwana? oh!no , blueish pala yon, o di kaya nag-babarbeque?

  • Noel

    There’s report that Catholics including some priests are placing bets on who would be the next Pope.  Gambling in Las Vegas and Macao is rampant on the Pope’s election.

  • MIGO

    Pano nga ba sila bomoto? say after first round pag walang 2/3 of the vote, will they have to start all over again or just vote for at least top 10 ?? 


    If only black smoke meant they were burning pedophiles…

  • charlie

    The next pope will be from American – Jerry Sandusky of Penn State.   He will be among his buddies na mahilig sa mga bata. 

  • charlie

    Dapat sa susunod kasama na ang mga madre para halo halo sila sa conclave at mag orgy.   Ngayon kasi ang mga pari – lalaki sa lalaki lang kaya kawawa naman ang mga bisexual na mahilig din sa babae.   Mga makasalanan!   Yan ang organization na sobra ang yaman bakit di nila tinutulungan ang pinoy na nagugutom.  Mga batang walang magulang or napapabayaan dapat sila ang kumupkup dahil ayaw nila ng abortion.  Pero ano ang ginagawa nila – WALA!  Mga hipocritong mga pare at madre.  

  • charlie

    Kaya nagresign si Pope Benefict kasi mayroon tape na nakikipagtalik sya sa kanyang Butler.  Pero ano ang ginagawa nila – pinaktatakpan ang kagaguhan nila.   Mga Baboy!

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