sistine-chapel-vatican-votingThe only clue about what is going on inside the Sistine Chapel is the smoke that emerges twice a day from burning the ballot papers. Black signals failure. The traditional white smoke means a new pope has been chosen.

3:45 p.m. Vatican time (9:45 a.m. EST), the cardinals will move from the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence to the Pauline Chapel in the Apostolic Palace.

At 4:30pm (10:30 a.m. EST), the cardinals will process from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel and, after they have all taken the oath, the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations will give the order “Extra omnes” for all those not taking part in the Conclave to leave the Sistine Chapel. The cardinals will listen to a meditation given by Cardinal Grech, concerning the grave duty incumbent on them and thus on the need to act with right intention for the good of the Universal Church, after which they will proceed to the first vote.

At 7:00 p.m. Vatican time (1:00 p.m. EST) or sometime there after, the ‘fumata’ (smoke signaling the election or non-election of a pontiff) that is produced from the burning of the ballots from the vote can be expected. If the vote produces an election, the ‘fumata’ could take place earlier than 7:00 p.m.