HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- More than a billion Roman Catholics around the world, including 65 million in the United States, are waiting for the selection of a new pope as the College of Cardinals votes in Vatican City.
What should the next Pope bring to the Catholic Church?View Results
What should the next Pope bring to the Catholic Church?
More of a focus on those in need0%
An outreach to other faiths0%
Maintaining a conservative doctrine20%
A more modern approach to church doctrine80%
The 115 Cardinals voted three times by midday Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday but did not reach the necessary 77 votes (two-thirds) required to choose the new Pontiff.
Thousands of people filled the St. Peter's Square to watch for the signal smoke sent up by the cardinals with each vote, while millions around the world are watching the process through the media.
White smoke would signal that a pope has been selected. Black smoke, which appeared following the first three votes Tuesday and Wednesday, means no pope was chosen.