Speedy Conclave

Cardinals make quick choice

Pope Benedict the 16th's selection is one of the fastest in the past century.

Cardinals chose Joseph Ratzinger to be the next pope in just the first full day of the papal conclave. Cardinals started the selection yesterday -- and after either four or five ballots sent a plume of white smoke up the Sistine Chapel chimney to signal a selection. His predecessor, Pope John Paul, was elected in 1978 in four ballots in one day.

Pope Pius the 12th was elected in 1939 in three ballots on one day. Vatican Radio says it's "surprising how fast he was elected" -- just 24 hours.