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Conclave black smoke 'not a sign of division'

Only Pius XII elected after three votes, Lombardi says

Conclave black smoke 'not a sign of division'

Vatican City, March 13 - The first three inclusive votes in the conclave to elect a new pope which resulted in two gusts of black smoke from the Sistine Chapel are "not a sign of division" among the cardinal-electors, Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Wednesday. Lombardi recalled that only Pope Pius XII had been elected so swiftly, after three votes, in 1939. Black smoke from the Sistine chimney means no agreement, while white smoke is the signal that cardinals will have chosen the 266th pope after Benedict XVi's shock abdication last month.

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