Wednesday 10:40am – Black Smoke

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At 10:40am, UK time, black smoke once again billowed out of the smokestack above the Sistine Chapel.

The 115 Cardinal Electors have yet to come to an agreement and it is now clear that the second and third ballots have not produced a candidate with the required two-thirds plus one majority to elect the 266th Pope.

There are a possible two ballots this afternoon – beginning, according to Vatican Radio, at 15.50 UK time.

The scrutineers will be replaced for this afternoon’s session in the Sistine Chapel.

Unless a Pope is elected in the first of the two ballots this afternoon, we are unlikely to see any smoke emerging from the Sistine Chapel chimney until around 18:30 UK time.