Conclave to elect new pope begins Tuesday
March 11th, 2013
02:03 AM ET

Conclave to elect new pope begins Tuesday

Preparations, both spiritual and practical, neared completion at the Vatican on Monday, where Roman Catholic cardinals will gather to begin the process of selecting the next pope.

The conclave - the secret papal election - begins Tuesday in the Sistine Chapel, which has been closed to the public while Vatican staff readied the ornately decorated vestry for deliberations.

The first public signs of preparations appeared over the weekend as workmen scaled the roof of the chapel on Saturday to install the chimney which will release the black or white smoke that signifies whether a new pope has been elected.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Chuck Steak

    Santa Claus, the pope, Jesus Christ, tooth fairy, Zeus- all same.

    March 11, 2013 at 2:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Nevia Goldman

    Can't wait to see who will be the new Pope! There is already made a facebook fan page New Pope 2013 :)

    March 11, 2013 at 6:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. nex Pop

    Where were the Mafia Fascist Molestors hiding Berlo Scola all this time? Why can Venice and Lisbon have a Patriarchate and not Ukraine? This is why we must demand transparency in the Conclave the way Peterson did at CFR and Bernanke did at the Fed to eliminate conspiracy theories. What do they do in secret? Some kind of necromantic seance to talk to demons like Pacelli in their sodomist brothels?

    March 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. yosemite sam

    Hail Satan

    March 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. BOMBO

    It will be a white European man, same as always.

    March 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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