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Video Footage - Black Smoke comes out of Sistine Chapel

Published at 2013-03-12 11:56PM

No agreement was reached Tuesday afternoon, as cardinal electors finished their first voting round. Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square, waiting to see if the famous smoke, emerging from the roof of the Sistine Chapel, was white or black. As expected, at roughly 8pm Rome time, black smoke came out of the chimney, as the world watched on.

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Cardinals Take Oath of Secrecy as Conclave Begins

Published at 2013-03-12 11:54PM

On Tuesday 12 March 2013, the 115 papal electors walked up to the altar of the Sistine Chapel one by one. Resting their hand on the Gospels, they swore to respect the rules of the conclave, as well as to keep the entire process secret.


Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, makes his vow.

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First Day of Conclave Voting - Black Smoke, No Pope

Published at 2013-03-12 7:14PM

Black smoke has emerged from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel following the first round of voting in the Papal Conclave, signifying that there is no pope yet.


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Processions and Procedures to Elect a Pope

Last updated at 2013-03-12 7:02AM

The election of a pope is not a quick or trivial decision resulting in a winning ticket.

It is prayerful and traditional with the voting Cardinals or electors, in this case 115, very aware of their responsibilities, knowing they are electing the next Successor to Peter and leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

On Tuesday 12 March at 10am (Rome time) mass will be celebrated in St Peter's Basilica with all the Cardinals present, including those who cannot vote due to their being 80 or over.

Following the Mass the Cardinals will move to their place of residence during the conclave. In the afternoon they will all go to the Pauline Chapel in the Apostolic Palace and at 4.30pm process from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel where they will take an oath. The words "Extra omnes" will be given by the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations and all those not taking part in the conclave will leave, the door will be closed and once locked inside the Cardinals will listen to a meditation on the grave duty incumbent on them, and on the need to act with right intention for the good of the Universal Church. It is only then that they will proceed to the first one.

At 7pm they will pray Vespers before returning to their residence the Domus Sanctae Marthae in the Vatican. Black smoke will be seen from the chimney signifying the first vote of the conclave, and no result. The Cardinals will return the following morning to continue the conclave. Two ballots are held in the morning and two in the afternoon. Therefore when there is a two thirds majority or a result it is likely to be around 12 noon or 5pm when the white smoke will be seen from the roof of the Sistine Chapel and the bells will ring.

When a Cardinal has been elected there is still careful choreographed tradition to follow.

He will be formally asked if he accepts the canonical election as Supreme Pontiff. After giving his consent he is the asked "By what name do you wish to be called?"

It is then the last ballots are burned and the white "fumata" or smoke signals the successful election.

The new pope is taken to change in to the white papal vestments in the "Room of Tears" - called so because of the emotion of the moment. When he returns there is a Gospel reading, a prayer and the Cardinals process, one by one, to the new pontiff, congratulating him and promising their obedience. The Pope and the Cardinals sing the Te Deum together.

Before going to the balcony where thousands have gathered below in St Peter’s Square, the Pope stops at the Pauline Chapel to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. He then goes out onto the balcony or loggia to greet those gathered in the square and the millions watching live around the world. He gives the "Urbi et Orbe" blessing - and his life will never be the same again.

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Final Preparations for Papal Vote

Last updated at 2013-03-12 6:59AM

By Katrina Lee, Director of Communications, Archdiocese of Sydney

The Cardinals have concluded their final General Congregations and are now in the final preparatory stage which will result in the election of a new Pope.

During the Congregations there were ten sessions when Cardinals can speak on a variety of issues and challenges facing the church.

One hundred and fifty two Cardinals attended the last Congregation where topics included the Institute for Works of Religion, often controversially referred to as the Vatican Bank although it is a foundation. This topic including discussion on past and current operations as well as future norms of transparency. There was also dialogue about the expectations and hopes for the future Holy Father.

Late in the afternoon on Monday around 90 auxiliary personnel took the oath of secrecy in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican. These are the people assisting in the needs connected with the election process like doctors and nurses, caterers, attendants, security and technical personnel.

Whatever they see or hear over the duration of the conclave they are never to reveal. Excommunication is not out of the question if the oath is broken. And although there have been claims of leaks during the Congregation sessions, the conclave is expected to maintain a holy silence.

Tonight the Cardinals spent their last night "on the outside" before arriving at the Vatican early to tomorrow morning (Tuesday Rome time) where they will stay until two thirds of them decide who will be the next Holy Father.

Cardinal Pell, who is attending his second conclave, said it is a time when all the Cardinals are joined in a time of prayer and reflection and are very aware of their responsibilities and openness to the Holy Spirit.

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