Breaking: Seconda fumata nera
posted at 6:49 am on March 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) Italian TV announced, “Seconda fumata nera,” or in other words … black smoke from the morning session of the second day. That means no candidate has reached the necessary 77 votes to become the 267th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and we’ll look to the afternoon session to see if they find success.
At first, though, we were a bit confused, as we weren’t expecting black smoke for another hour or so. We thought perhaps we were looking at white smoke from the first ballot (there are now two ballots in each session), which would have made some sense in regard to timing. Instead, it appears that the cardinals got through both scrutini more quickly … and that may or may not have some sort of meaning.