Black smoke billowed out of a chimney atop the famed Sistine Chapel on Tuesday afternoon signaling to the world that a new pontiff had not been selected after the first papal conclave vote.
U.S. Cardinal Sean O’Malley is one of the top contenders in the run-up to the papal election. He once served here in South Florida and his cousin still works at Belen Jesuit Prep School.
Filling the seat of St. Peter in the Roman Catholic Church. As of late Monday afternoon, the task was shrouded in secrecy as each of the 115 cardinals looked to their conscience as to who they vote for to be the next Pope.
After a few days of getting to know one another and discussing the problems facing the church, the 115 cardinals gathered in Vatican City are almost ready to elect a new pope.
While many pilgrams on a spiritual journey are flocking to Rome to observe history in the making, others have made the treck here to expose hurt anger and outrage.
The countdown to conclave is on and while cardinals can’t campaign, there are standouts capturing the attention of this city.
A ceremony was held in Miami for seven priests promoted to monsignors, the last to be named in South Florida by recently retired Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
As the world watches, Vatican City holds its breath. For a second Sunday the holiest seat in the Roman Catholic Church is vacant.
The race to replace Pope Benedict XVI is underway at The Vatican as more than 100 cardinals gathered Monday without a Pope to lead them. They’re holding two meetings Monday, in which they may set a date for the next conclave to select a new Pope.
Pope Benedict XVI is in the final hours of his papacy and South Florida Catholics are watching every moment of his historic resignation.