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First day of papal conclave ends without agreement

THE first day of the papal conclave has ended without an agreement on the new leader of the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Séan Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland, was among 115 cardinals charged with the responsibility of electing a new Pope following previous incumbent Benedict XVI’s retirement.

But at 6.45PM tonight the crowd in St Peter’s Square saw black smoke coming from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signalling a failure to agree on a candidate.

The cardinals will reconvene tomorrow at 8.30AM to begin the discussions again.

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