The world knows the drill. The cardinal electors of the Roman Catholic Church process into the Sistine Chapel while the Litany of the Saints is intoned. They will vote by secret ballot, individually processing to the altar near the famed fresco by Michelangelo, dropping their twice-folded ballot with disguised handwriting into a large chalice. The voting will take place four times a day until one elector receives the necessary 2/3 majority vote. The ballots will be burned in a stove near the chapel, and added to the fire will be the appropriate chemicals to produce white (a pope is elected) or black (inconclusive) smoke, visible to the crowds in St. Peter's Square (and to the world). (It has been reported that occasionally the smoke backs up into the chapel - not pleasant!). Catholics are in prayer for the cardinals (there is even a website where one may receive a cardinal to pray for) at this pivotal point in the Church's history. We indeed know the drill.
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