The Vatican released black smoke from the Sistine Chapel, and many people notice that the color of the smoke was much clearer compared to the last papal election when Joseph Ratzinger was chosen to become Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican has released the ingredients it is using for both the black smoke and white smoke (when it eventually comes).
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, black smoke rose from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel today, signaling that a new pope has not been elected. The new pope needs two-thirds, or 77 of the votes to win. The cardinals will vote twice in the morning, then twice in the evening, until a new Pope is chosen.
Vatican spokesman Reverand Federico Lombardi said the black smoke that the Vatican poured out Tuesday and Wednesday from the cardinal conclave was made by adding cartridges containing potassium perchlorate, anthracene (a component of coal tar), and sulfur to the burned ballots.
When a new pope is selected by the papal election, white smoke from the Vatican will signal the conclave is over. The white smoke is produced by potassium chlorate, lactose and chloroform resin.
The papal election has inspired some doomsday conspiracy theories based upon the prophecies supposedly written by Saint Malachy. The Saint Malachy prophesy ends in this manner with the papal election of pope number 112 (Pope Benedict XVI was 111):
“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people.”
Do you remember being confused by the color of the black smoke and white smoke the Vatican used for the papal election of Pope Benedict XVI?