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The following *book, published less than four months after the 1958 Conclave, provides historic information on the quote, "definitely white in color" smoke seen belching from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel (which indicated Pius XII's hand-picked Successor, Cardinal Siri of Genoa, Italy, had been elected and accepted the office as pope, Gregory XVII, on October 26th, 1958).

*The book is cited for historical reference purposes and is not an endorsement for the text.

"Pope John XXIII Comes To The Vatican" 

By Francis X. Murphy, C.SS.R. 

Copyrighted 1959 by 
Robert M. McBride Co., Inc. 

Chapter 1. p. 24

"It would be safe to say that never in history had so much attention been paid to an ecclesiastical affair. Rome on the eve of the Conclave was inundated with journalists and correspondents, broadcasters and television men from almost every free country in the world. Once the Conclave was in session, the eyes of the world were trained on the narrow smoke-stack protruding from the great hall within the Sistine Chapel whence by a puff of white smoke the joyful news that a new Pope had been elected would first be signaled to the world. Meanwhile Catholics prayed; the cardinals deliberated; the world watched."

Chapter 2. "A Man Called John ..."

"Smoke from the Sistine Chapel. Confusion." p. 25

"THE CONCLAVE OF CARDINALS had been in session for three days. The world waited. Devout Catholics prayed. At mass each morning priests throughout the world added an extra oration to the usual prayers of the divine liturgy: pro elegendo papa 'for the election of a Pope.' In religious communities monks and nuns beseeched almighty God that a holy Pope be given to the Church. And over the assembled cardinals, the divine assistance through the intercession of the Holy Spirit was earnestly sought.


(Pius XII pictured with his hand-picked Successor Cardinal Siri of Genoa, Italy) 

“Pius XII said I had to succeed him, and was preparing for me the same system that Pius XI

had prepared for him.” -Pope Gregory XVII ("Cardinal Siri"), from his published Diary

To watchers stationed in strategic spots close to the Sistine Chapel roof, the puffs of smoke emitted from the slim stack... on Sunday (Oct 26, 1958 -ED) were confusing. White smoke should indicate the election of a Pontiff, for it would mean that in the burning of the ballots, no dampened straw would have been added. But the first belchings had been definitely white in color, followed only at an interval by definitely black smoke.

Representation was made to Prince Chigi, and a chemical was introduced into the Conclave for the ballot-burners that would immediately blacken the smoke. ... Late Tuesday afternoon, the first word to reach the outside world was negative. For by this time the watchers had grown skeptical of the first few puffs. Besides in the gathering dusk vision was poor. Announcements were made over the radio on world-wide hookups that the cardinals had not yet reached agreement... ." (END)


 "The person thus elected [pope] acquires full jurisdiction over the universal

Church immediately on consenting, and becomes the Vicar of Christ on earth."  

("Canonical Elections" p. 107, 1917, Imprimatur)



Relevant Links:

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Cardinal Manning's Imperative Book on the End Times (Pope in Exile)


"Violent hands will be laid on the Supreme Head of the Catholic Church. ...

Yes, yes, the flock will become small." (Read the End Times Prophecy of Bp. Wittman)

"There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition." -His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII, quoting, Auctor Tract, de Fide Orthodoxa contra Arianos

(Read TCW's Post: "There can be Nothing More Dangerous ...")

St. Peter HAS Perpetual Successors (True Sense of Dogma)

Coming to the Rescue of The Pope in Exile (Our Duty!)



Blessed be St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles!


The Papal Restoration Staff

Apr. 3, 2015

VAL 03.04.2015 16:34

If 2/3 of the Cardinalate favor a candidate, are the ballots thus burnt to produce white smoke, or do they weight until the Candidate says "Accepto" or "Non?"

Papal Restoration Staff Member 05.04.2015 22:58

The ballots are burnt only after the Pope has accepted the Papacy. The ballots are then burnt with dry straw, which produces white smoke.