[Updated at 2:47 p.m. ET] In a not-so-surprising result, there will be no new pope tonight.
Black smoke has risen from a chimney over the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, indicating that no one collected enough votes Tuesday to be elected the successor to the retired Pope Benedict XVI. The Roman Catholic Church's cardinals held their first vote in the chapel today.
The cardinals will vote again tomorrow.
[Updated at 12:46 p.m. ET] The process of selecting a new pope of the Roman Catholic church has begun.
The 115 cardinal-electors have gathered in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, and the doors to the chapel have closed, marking the beginning of today's election session.
This session is scheduled to last two hours, assuming no pope is chosen before then. The cardinals would then go at it again tomorrow.
[Updated at 7:43 a.m. ET] The wait is nearly over: It's time for the cardinals to get down to the business of choosing a pope.
The Catholic Church's cardinals are set to begin their secret election, or conclave, in Vatican City on Tuesday. The process to choose a successor to the retired Benedict XVI could take days.
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