• Short Summary

    Black smoke, and this time there was no doubt about it, poured from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel for the third time, October 27, and told the world that the 51 Cardinals in Conclave had still failed to elect a new Pope.

  • Description

    Black smoke, and this time there was no doubt about it, poured from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel for the third time, October 27, and told the world that the 51 Cardinals in Conclave had still failed to elect a new Pope.

    The smoke marked the end of the sixth ballot.

    Later in the day more black smoke, this time under the glare of spotlights, indicated two more ballot failures.

    As thousands waited in St. Peter's Square, unconfirmed reports reached the crowd that there was illness amongst the Cardinals. Cardinal Canali, 84-year-old head of the Order of Deacon Cardinals, was seriously ill, it was said.

    And a request by Conclave doctors for the medical case histories of three other of the older Cardinals had also been made.

    During the day the central heating was turned on in the Vatican. Central heating is normally unheard of in Rome before mid-November.

    Next day, October 28, more black smoke indicated another two failures to agree.

    The Romans had started to repeat an old saying: "On the second day the Cardinals quarrel, on the third they make it up, and on the fourth they elect the Pope."
    And October 29 is the fourth day.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA22YXZUFY1W20ZWF3PWTU41557
    Media URN:
    VLVA22YXZUFY1W20ZWF3PWTU41557
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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