Religion: A Swift, Stunning Choice

In an instant conclave, the Cardinals elect a new Pope: John Paul I

For more than an hour, confusion reigned in St. Peter's Square. When the smoke first began to curl out of a temporary rooftop chimney from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel at 6:24 p.m. on Saturday, it looked white—the traditional color to signal that the secret conclave within had elected a Pope. But could it be true? Not likely—not on the opening day of the largest, most complex gathering of Cardinal electors in the long pageant of papal elections. Sure enough, with dusk beginning to enfold the splendid statues...

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