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date: 27 May 2024

white smoke [Rel.] 

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

A reference to the white smoke that signals that a new pope has been elected by cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church. After each round of voting, the ballots are burned. If the vote is inconclusive, black smoke emerges from a chimney on the roof of the Vatican. White smoke means that a new pope has been chosen.... ...

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