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Awaiting the white smoke of papal announcement

Awaiting the white smoke of papal announcement

As their church's cardinals gathered in Vatican City to select a new pope, Catholic schoolchildren in the Baltimore area joined the worldwide buzz over the secret balloting process in an online chat with a fairly well-placed source: Archbishop William E. Lori.

"I'm not going to predict who the Holy Father is going to be," Lori told eighth-grade students at 20 schools in the Baltimore Archdiocese on Monday. "But what we can't miss is that at least two of the American cardinals have been spoken about as possible candidates."

Lori, who took over almost a year ago as head of the Baltimore archdiocese, the oldest in the U.S., noted that the New York and Boston...