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Suspense in St Peter's as thousands watch conclave

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Catholic pilgrims cried out as the first smoke to appear from the Sistine Chapel chimney turned black on Tuesday -- meaning no pope had been elected -- saying they hoped for a strong leader who could lead the Church in troubled times. 

Black smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel meaning that cardinals failed to elect a new pope in the first ballot of their secret conclave on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican.

"I'm a bit disappointed, I was really hoping this was the one. But I'll be back tomorrow morning early!" said Kenneth Brown, one of tens of thousands in the crowd who travelled from London hoping to be present for the election of a pope.

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