ROME — Thousands of people gathered at St. Peter’s Square to wait, chatting and singing in different languages, one eye on the Jumbotrons focused on the short stovepipe sticking out of the Sistine Chapel roof.
Nothing, nothing — and then . . . billowing black smoke. No pope! Shouts, sighs, and a rush of movement as people moved forward to see better, pulling out their cellphones to snap pictures of the signal that no pope had been chosen yet.