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PAPAL CONCLAVE: Black smoke from the latest vote to elect a new Pontiff.

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Black smoke billows from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel Black smoke billows from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel
VATICAN CITY -

Smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine chapel Wednesday morning - and once again it was black signaling cardinals can still not agree on a new pope.

When a Pope is elected, white smoke will emerge from the chapel and the bells of St Peter's will peal.

Pilgrims from across the globe gathered in St. Peter's Square as anticipation about the outcome of the conclave continued.

The 115 Roman Catholic cardinal electors are scheduled to hold two votes in the morning and two in the afternoon, seeking to elect a Pontiff capable of facing a string of scandals and internal strife.

Most bets are on a decision by Thursday, although there is still no clear favorite and it could take longer.

No hint is expected to emerge before the Pope is chosen. The Vatican has taken precautions, including electronic jamming devices, to prevent any leaks from inside the conclave.

Some cardinals speculated this week that it might take 4-5 days to pick the new Pontiff because of the difficulty of the task and the number of strong candidates.

The average length of the last nine conclaves was just over three days and none went on for longer than five.

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