The Papacy: The Path to Follow

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By midmorning a crowd had filtered into St. Peter's Square and clustered beneath the windows of the Apostolic Palace. It was only the second day of voting by the 80 cardinals who had gathered there to name Pope John XXIII's successor.* But no one anticipated a long conclave—and the expectations were not wrong. At 11:22, smoke began billowing from the rickety metal chimney that led upward from the Sistine Chapel, where in a ceremonial stove the used ballots were burned. Twice the day before, a few puffs of white had first...

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