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No new pope decision after day one of Papal Conclave

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During the first day of the Papal Conclave the Roman Catholic cardinals fail to agree on a new pope.

Black smoke came from the Sistine Chapel today, the black smoke signals the 115 Roman Catholic cardinals didn't agree on a new pope yet.

The cardinals from around the world deliberate after swearing an oath of secrecy.

The black smoke comes from the cardinals burning their voting ballot papers. Chemical  cartridges are added to make sure the smoke isn't white, a sign that a new pope has been chosen.

Father Gerald Harr says he's excited there's two American cardinals eligible to be the new pope.

"I think it's exciting. I think they do say, Cardinal Dolan as a choice could rise to the occasion. He'd be excellent, he's a Midwesterner and he knows us," Harr said.

None of the 115 cardinals will have any contact with the outside world until they've chosen a successor.

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