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The Vatican City smokestack is the focus of more than a billion Catholics worldwide as the church selects a new pope.
The Vatican City smokestack is the focus of more than a billion Catholics worldwide as the church selects a new pope. Photo Credit: Kronos.com

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.

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.

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