Fortunately for Cardinal Peter Turkson, left, news of former NBA star Dennis Rodman's unsolicited endorsement is unlikely to reach cloistered cardinals.

Black Smoke From Vatican Conclave as Dennis Rodman Campaigns for Black Pope

Cardinals continue conclave as former NBA star stirs media circus.

Fortunately for Cardinal Peter Turkson, left, news of former NBA star Dennis Rodman's unsolicited endorsement is unlikely to reach cloistered cardinals.

Fortunately for Cardinal Peter Turkson, left, news of Dennis Rodman's unsolicited endorsement isn't likely to reach cloistered cardinals.

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The 115 cardinals deliberating in the Sistine Chapel over the Roman Catholic Church's next pope sent two rounds of black smoke from a makeshift chimney since convening Tuesday.

Black smoke indicates a ballot where there was no winner. White smoke would mean that a new pope had been elected to preside over the 1.2 billion-member church.

As voting continues, former NBA star Dennis Rodman is in Rome actively campaigning for Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson. Turkson would be the first black pope.

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"I want to be anywhere in the world that I'm needed," Rodman explained to celebrity gossip website TMZ. "I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world."

The New York Post reported Wednesday that Rodman planned to arrive at St. Peter's Square in a custom "pope-mobile," but that the plans are now uncertain due to snow delaying the vehicle in northern Italy.

Rodman didn't tell The Post why exactly he supports Turkson, saying in response to a question that Turkson is "from Africa right?"

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman walks next to the Bernini Colonnade near St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, March 13, 2013. Rodman is in Rome to promote the papal candidacy of Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

The front-runners for the job are reportedly Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer, 63, and Italian Cardinal Angelo Scola, 71. Scherer is reportedly favored by the curia, the much criticized papal court.

Several candidates from the third world have also been discussed, including Turkson, 64, and Cardinal Luis Tagle, 55, who is from the Philippines.

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Rodman's head-turning trip comes less than a month after he visited North Korea, where he became the first American to meet with the totalitarian state's 28-year-old ruler Kim Jong Un.

Cardinals are expected to vote in a third ballot around noon EDT Wednesday, CNN reports. A two-thirds majority, or 77 votes, is needed for a new pope to be elected.

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