On Tuesday afternoon, Catholic cardinals from around the world began the conclave that will elect the next Pope. A few hours later black smoke emerged from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, indicating that the group have not reached the necessary two-thirds to elect a new Pontiff.

While the conclave might a serious place, those following the conclave on-line were a little less serious. Jokes about the black smoke flooded Twitter, with many making comparisons to the smoke monster on TV show Lost, barbecues and at least one pot reference. We've got a feeling the cardinals aren't hot-boxing in the Sistine Chapel.

Remember white smoke means we've got a new pope. Black smoke means the cardinals have to stay locked in for a bit longer and decide which one of them has to leave the island.

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  • God

    Remember: white smoke = Pope. Black smoke = no Pope. Sweet smoke = BBQ break.

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    Black smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel meaning that cardinals failed to elect a new pope in the first ballot of their secret conclave on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican.

  • Matt McLaughlin

    Black smoke rises out of Berkeley Heights chimney. I have not yet decided on what I want for dinner

  • Craig Wettner

    The black smoke monster has appeared from the Sistine Chapel. That means Mr Eko is dead and no Pope was selected.

  • John M. Becker

    Biggest non-surprise of the day: black smoke from the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. No pope on first ballot.

  • The Papal Conclave Day One

    Black smoke billows out from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel indicating that the College of Cardinals have failed to elect a new Pope on March 12, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff.

  • Omar L. Gallaga

    Black smoke coming out of the Convention Center roof means there was no breakout app this year at #SXSW.

  • Rich Reilly

    Black smoke also rising over building in Austin. Fajitas. #Pope #SXSW

  • Ian Hyland

    Remember. White smoke = new pope. Black smoke = still burning hard drives.

  • alejandro esteves

    "Black smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel chimney -- signalling inconclusive conclave vote on new pope." -- CNN

  • Ebo

    The black smoke monster appears over the Vatican, signaling John Locke as the new Pope.

  • God

    Remember: white smoke = Pope. Black smoke = no Pope. Sweet smoke = BBQ break.

  • Susie

    Black smoke, white smoke. Which century are we living in? So archaic. #papalconclave

  • GrimWeasel

    That's a lot of black smoke. Are they burning the tires off the old Pope-mobile.

  • Evans R. Okyne

    Black smoke at the vatican.no pope yet.hopefully cardinal Turkson in the lead..lol.

  • Abraham Lincoln

    Black smoke and flames are what happened once when @MadamLinconl burned one of my hats in a fit of anger. I know all about black smoke.

  • David

    #BREAKING Black smoke over the #SistineChapel, signalling no pope after 1st ballot of the #conclave. #pope

  • Jeff Patterson

    Black smoke + glow sticks = goth rave. And how many goth nights are called "Conclave"?

  • Dan Gordon

    Black smoke: So the big gulp ban is back on?

  • Lisa Goldman

    Today's Twitter Programming is brought to you by Black Smoke and the letters SXSW.

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    Black smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel meaning that cardinals failed to elect a new pope in the first ballot of their secret conclave on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican.



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  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People shelter under umbrellas while they wait in St Peter's Square for news on the election of a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People gather in St Peter's Square as they wait for news on the election of a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: Photographers' cameras are protected with waterproof material and umbrellas as the media awaits news from the Conclave in St Peter's Square on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • VATICAN-CARDINALS-POPE-CONCLAVE

    People gather on St Peter's square waiting for the smoke announcing the result of the second vote of the conclave on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinals held a first inconclusive vote in the Sistine Chapel yesterday as they began the process of finding a successor to Benedict XVI, who brought a troubled eight-year papacy to an abrupt end by resigning last month. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • VATICAN-CARDINALS-POPE-CONCLAVE

    A faithful prays on St Peter's square, waiting for the smoke announcing the result of the second vote of the conclave on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. Black smoke again billowed out of a chimney over the Vatican on Wednesday, indicating that cardinals meeting in a conclave have failed to choose a pope after three votes. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS,GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • VATICAN-CARDINALS-POPE-CONCLAVE

    Mexican faithfuls wait on St Peter's square for the smoke announcing the result of the second vote of the conclave on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinals held a first inconclusive vote in the Sistine Chapel yesterday as they began the process of finding a successor to Benedict XVI, who brought a troubled eight-year papacy to an abrupt end by resigning last month. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • VATICAN-POPE-VOTE-CONCLAVE

    Faithful react in St Peter's Square after black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel announcing that Catholic Church cardinals failed to elect a new pope during a conclave on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinals held a first inconclusive vote in the Sistine Chapel yesterday as they began the process of finding a successor to Benedict XVI, who brought a troubled eight-year papacy to an abrupt end by resigning last month. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • VATICAN-POPE-VOTE-CONCLAVE

    Faithful react in St Peter's Square after black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel announcing that Catholic Church cardinals failed to elect a new pope during a conclave on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinals held a first inconclusive vote in the Sistine Chapel yesterday as they began the process of finding a successor to Benedict XVI, who brought a troubled eight-year papacy to an abrupt end by resigning last month. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE,GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • VATICAN-POPE-VOTE-CONCLAVE

    A faithfull waves a national flag of Malte on St Peter's square as people wait for the smoke announcing the result of the second vote of the conclave on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinals held a first inconclusive vote in the Sistine Chapel yesterday as they began the process of finding a successor to Benedict XVI, who brought a troubled eight-year papacy to an abrupt end by resigning last month. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE,FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • VATICAN-POPE-VOTE-CONCLAVE

    Faithful protect themselves with umbrellas as they wait on St Peter's square for the smoke announcing the result of the second vote of the conclave on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinals held a first inconclusive vote in the Sistine Chapel yesterday as they began the process of finding a successor to Benedict XVI, who brought a troubled eight-year papacy to an abrupt end by resigning last month. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE,FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: Three nuns wait in the rain for smoke to emanate from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel as cardinals continue their conclave on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People wait in the rain for smoke to emanate from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapelas cardinals continue their conclave on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: Polish youths sing as they wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope in St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: A woman takes a picture while waiting in the rain in St. Peter's Square as others wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: A woman walks across St Peter's Square in an American flag as others wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope in St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: A worker pauses in his truck in St. Peter's Square as people wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: Three nuns wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope in St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope in St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People hold rosary beads while they pray and wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • The Papal Conclave Day Two

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13: People hold rosary beads while they pray and wait for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel which will indicate whether or not the College of Cardinals have elected a new Pope on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Visitors take shelter from the rain as they wait in front of St. Peter's Basilica during the second day of the cardinals conclave to elect a new pope in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Faithful watch on a monitor the chimney on the top of the Sistine Chapel, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinals are returning to the Sistine Chapel for a second day of voting to choose a new pope after their first ballot yielded no winner and a great plume of black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Visitors line up as they wait to visit St. Peter's Basilica as cardinals are gathered in the Sistine Chapel for the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • Nuns stand in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinals are returning to the Sistine Chapel for a second day of voting to choose a new pope after their first ballot yielded no winner and a great plume of black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Visitors wait in St. Peter's Square during the second day of voting by cardinals to elect a new pope at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Their first ballot on the first day yielded no winner and a great plume of black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Crowds gather in front of St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square as they wait for smoke from the Sistine Chapel during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • A nun holds her umbrella inside St. Peter's Square as cardinals are gathered in the Sistine Chapel for the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinals are returning to the Sistine Chapel for a second day of voting to choose a new pope after their first ballot yielded no winner and a great plume of black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

  • A nun holds her umbrella as she prays in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinals are returning to the Sistine Chapel for a second day of voting to choose a new pope after their first ballot yielded no winner and a great plume of black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

  • Nuns hold their umbrellas as they gather in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinals are returning to the Sistine Chapel for a second day of voting to choose a new pope after their first ballot yielded no winner and a great plume of black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

  • Two nuns smile in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinals are returning to the Sistine Chapel for a second day of voting to choose a new pope after their first ballot yielded no winner and a great plume of black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel as cardinals voted on the second day of the conclave to elect a pope in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke indicates that no pope was elected. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Black smoke billows from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning Roman Catholic cardinals have not elected a pope in their second or third rounds of balloting, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinals voted twice Wednesday in Michelangelo's famed frescoed chapel after a first vote Tuesday in a conclave to elect a successor to Benedict XVI, who stunned the Catholic world last month by becoming the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Black smoke billows from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning Roman Catholic cardinals have not elected a pope in their second or third rounds of balloting, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinals voted twice Wednesday in Michelangelo's famed frescoed chapel after a first vote Tuesday in a conclave to elect a successor to Benedict XVI, who stunned the Catholic world last month by becoming the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel as cardinals voted on the second day of the conclave to elect a pope in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. In the foreground is the statue of St. Paul. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • A woman holds a cross as she waits in St. Peter's Square on the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn't elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • Nuns wait for the chimney smoke in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn't elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • Nuns talk amongst themselves as black smoke emerges from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel, seen in the background, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn't elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • Visitors wait for the smoke from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke indicates that no pope was elected. Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn't elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • Visitors wait for the chimney smoke in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn't elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • Visitors wait for the chimney smoke in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn't elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • A woman wrapped in a Brazilian flag stands in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Cardinals heard a final appeal for unity Tuesday before sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope, as they celebrated Mass amid divisions and uncertainty over who will lead the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church and tend to its many problems. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Photographers shoot photos of friars as they cross St. Peter's Square during a rain storm at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Cardinals sequestered themselves in the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday for the start of the conclave to elect the next pope. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Catholic nuns gather after a Mass for the election of a new pope outside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades: There's no front-runner, no indication how long voting will last and no sense that a single man has what it takes to fix the many problems. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • A seagull glides past the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The most gazed-at item at the Vatican this week will be a humble, copper, two-meter (six-foot) high chimney that will pipe-out puffs of smoke to tell the world if there's a new pope. Black smoke means "not yet." White smoke means "pope elected." (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • People watch cardinals assembled in the Sistine Chapel at the start the conclave to elect a new pope on a video monitor in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Sister Veronica of the Theresian community prays in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades: There's no front-runner, no indication how long voting will last and no sense that a single man has what it takes to fix the many problems. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


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