Cardinals Convene In Rome

Today at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time 110 cardinals of the Catholic Church entered the conclave to elect a new pope.

As soon as the cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel, each swore an oath in Latin to elect a pope fairly and for the good of the church. They also swore to keep the proceedings secret.

As soon as the ceremony was over, all non essential personnel left the Vatican at the words “extra omnes”, which in Latin means “all exit”.

Of the 115 votes, 77 are needed to elect the new pope. Each day four ballots are taken, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. The result of each ballot is given by smoke signal twice daily.

The Voting that begins Wednesday morning will be attended by fewer people than past years because of a huge rainstorm that hit Rome.

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