JACKSON, Miss. --The first secret and handwritten ballots for a new Pope were cast and burned Tuesday, the first day on Conclave.
Black smoke emerged from Vatican’s Chapel. “That means they did not come up with a successor as Pope yet,” explained Mary Woodward with the Catholic Dioceses of Jackson.
After 8 a.m. Mass Wednesday, the Cardinals are expected to go back into Conclave. Woodward said four more ballots will be waiting. “After each ballot, they burn the card; and if they have a two thirds majority on one man, then they will put it in a separate stove that has chemicals to turn the smoke white.”
Woodward said selecting a new pope has been a quick as four votes and as long as 3 years.