Cardinals to Resume Voting in the Morning
Eyes and cameras will be focused on a chimney on the Sistine Chapel again Wednesday to see what color smoke will emerge.
The smoke that poured out Tuesday was "way black" according to one of the thousands who gathered in St. Peter's Square, meaning Roman Catholic cardinals had not yet elected a new pope.
The cardinals resume their deliberations tomorrow morning and many are predicting a long process.
Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation has exposed deep divisions among cardinals who are trying to decide whether they need a manager to clean up the Vatican's dysfunctional bureaucracy or a pastor who can inspire Catholics at a time of waning faith and growing secularism.
Italian newspapers are handicapping the favorites. Among the names is Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who has won praise for cleaning up dioceses shattered by child sex abuse. Others being discussed include Cardinal Angelo Scola of Italy, seen as a favorite among cardinals hoping to improve the Vatican's governance; Brazil's Odilo Scherer, backed by Vatican-based insiders; Canada's Marc Ouellet, who heads the Vatican's powerful office for bishops; and the exuberant archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
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