Re: So Black Smoke is coming from the Vatican....
Don't know for certain, but I would guess it has to do with the symbolism of the colors. White is often symbolic for goodness, purity, innocence, etc and they want that symbolism associated with the new pope. Again, just a guess there and coming from a Protestant that doesn't know a lot about the inner workings of the Catholic Church. And FWIW, I've never understood the reasoning for using smoke as a way of signaling the new pope...any insight on that would be great.