Sistine Chapel closing for conclave preparations
A prayer service is held in the Sistine Chapel on October 31, 2012.
March 5th, 2013
07:54 AM ET

Sistine Chapel closing for conclave preparations

The Sistine Chapel is closing to the public Tuesday afternoon so that Catholic officials can prepare for an eventual conclave to elect a new pope, the Vatican announced.

Catholic cardinals have yet to announce when the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor would start. On Monday they began a series of meetings designed to, among other things, decide when the conclave will begin. They were due to continue these meetings, known as General Congregations, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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  1. banasy©

    The Sistine Chapel. Absolutely beautiful.

    March 5, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. bambi

    Its so pretty there

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  3. stuart

    Hi bambi. I have not heard from little mister. Have u?

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  4. Jane

    The Sistine Chapel is a wonderful place for the Cardinals to join the faithful cloud of witness of the continuity of Truth as seen in the History of the Church. May they emerge as obedient servants of our Almighty God and Father cooperating with the election of His choice for Pontiff, His servant in the Church. Shalom

    March 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pope Benedict XVI

    You're Sistine.
    You're beautiful.
    And you're mine.

    March 5, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |