Globe Trot: Searching for smoke signals in Vatican City

International | Mindy Belz

Globe Trot: Searching for smoke signals in Vatican City

Black smoke emerges from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel as cardinals voted on the second day of the conclave to elect a pope.
Associated Press/Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky

All eyes are on Vatican City as the papal conclave is underway, with at this moment no pope yet chosen to succeed Benedict XVI. George Weigel writes that the conclave is “a unique microculture, and you can’t predict what will happen within it.”

There are several live cams to watch for white smoke to rise above the Sistine Chapel once a new pope is chosen. And a light-hearted liveblog if all the anticipation is too much.

A Pakistani Christian and his Muslim neighbor were friends who often drank a brew and argued together—until Shahid Imran accused Sewan Masih of blasphemy and an entire neighborhood went up in flames. Here’s a rundown of the weekend violence that destroyed 160 homes, 18 shops, and two churches—and sent Christian residents of Lahore’s Joseph Colony fleeing.

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