‘Pope Alarm’ alerts pope-arazzi when smoke turns white

A cardinal makes an oath as he attends the Sistine Chapel for the conclave in Vatican City, Vatican.

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In case you’re unfamiliar with the significance of the color of smoke rising from the world’s current most-watched chimney, here’s how Ireland’s Father Paddy Byrne broke it down in a Tweet awhile ago:

Not going to directly accuse Father Byrne of anything except wacky tweeting here, but it should be noted for noobs to the conclave of cardinals currently trying to decide on the pope’s successor that only the first two parts are true. I hope. After each round of balloting that doesn’t produce a two-thirds majority, a puff of black smoke goes up and out of the Sistine Chapel. Once a new pope is selected, the smoke turns white.

So, that means the true pope-arazzi should have already staked out a prime smoke-viewing spot outside the chapel. But for the rest of us who aren’t trained to the live Vatican smoke cam but are maybe just a little obsessed with anything that involves balloting, be it popes or pop stars, fortunately there’s Pope Alarm (ta… [Read more]

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