Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn’t elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting.
It is the first day Cardinals of the Catholic Church can elect a new pope. While a pope could be elected on the first ballot, most believe that is highly unlikely.
Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope, signaling that they were wrapping up a week of discussions about the problems of the church and who best among them might lead it.
The Catholic cardinals met today in the Vatican to begin deciding who should be Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.
Pope Benedict XVI offered his final blessing today. He thanked the crowd for their friendship and affection, telling them that he is starting the last part of his pilgrimage on this Earth.
Steelers assistant special teams coach Amos Jones is leaving the team for the Arizona Cardinals.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Looking strictly at bottom line, Pitt has been unimpressive through the first half of its Big East Conference farewell, but as of late, its defense has been quite the opposite.
PITTSBURGH (AP) Pedro Alvarez stayed hot, blasting his 26th homer of the season and driving in three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 5-0 victory over St. Louis on Wednesday night.
(AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates continue heading in opposite directions.
(AP) — Things have changed in a major way in the seven days since the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates met in one of the season’s most memorable games.
Pedro Alvarez played a big role in ending the marathon with his 23rd homer of the season. The drive broke a 3-3 tie as the Pirates won the longest game in the majors this season.
(AP) — Playing one of their most important late-summer series in years, the Pirates gained a crucial game on the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener and hope to extend their lead in the NL wild-card standings when the teams continue their three-game set in St. Louis on Saturday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) Before James McDonald headed to the mound for the bottom of the first inning, A.J. Burnett offered his beleaguered teammate two words of advice.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Recently acquired right fielder Travis Snider will return to the Pirates’ starting lineup when the Bucs open a three-game series in St. Louis Friday night.
The reigning World Series champions are tied with San Francisco at 64-54, one game back of Pittsburgh (65-53). The Cardinals held a 1-0 lead with Jason Motte trying to finish off Arizona late Thursday night after an 85-minute rain delay before the game, but he allowed homers to Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young on consecutive pitches in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.