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In the footsteps of the cardinals

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 01:22

March 11 - Vatican TV releases a recreation of the passage the cardinals will take as they arrive at the conclave to elect the next pope. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The conclave at the Vatican... These are the footsteps the 115 cardinals will take on Tuesday ... in one of the world's oldest and most secret forms of election -- selecting the next pope. The cardinals come from 48 countries, with Italians making up the biggest single national bloc. They will be banned from communicating with the outside world - meaning no phones, television or Internet. They will start their meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Sistine Chapel, The cardinals will cast their first vote Tuesday. From Wednesday they will vote twice each morning and twice each afternoon. To win, a candidate needs a two-thirds majority, or at least 77 votes. The ballots are burned and smoke pours from a makeshift chimney above the Sistine Chapel. Black smoke marks an inconclusive vote; white smoke and the sounding of the bells signals a pope has been elected. If the cardinals will have not picked someone by Saturday to don the papal robes and shoes ... they will suspend voting.

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In the footsteps of the cardinals

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 01:22