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Conclave: Black smoke rises meaning no pope on first vote

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try.

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Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The black smoke indicates that the new pope has not been elected yet. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try.

The cardinals held the first day of the conclave Tuesday deeply divided over the problems of the church and who best among them could fix them following the stunning resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican made clear it didn't expect a winner on the first ballot.

The cardinals now return to the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel for the night. They return to the Apostolic Palace for Mass Wednesday morning and a new round of voting.

Sistine Chapel chimney installed
In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, taken on Saturday, March 9, 2013 and made available Monday, March 11, 2013, firefighters install the top of the Sistine Chapel chimney that will signal to the world that a new pope has been elected, at the Vatican. Cardinals started the conclave Tuesday to elect the next pope and the first smoke was black, meaning no pope chosen. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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