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Cardinals' Second Vote Ends in No Decision

Black smoke rose again Tuesday morning from the Sistine Chapel chimney, indicating that cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church have not yet elected a successor to Pope John Paul II.

The cardinals, who began their deliberations Monday, have much to weigh, including the personalities of the candidates and major issues facing the church.

The 115 voting cardinals will reconvene Tuesday afternoon for the day's second and final session of secret balloting.

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Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's International Desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe, and the Balkans. Poggioli's on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and how immigration has transformed European societies.