Timetable for papal conclave on Wednesday

Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:29am EDT
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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Roman Catholic cardinals meet for a second day in a conclave on Wednesday to elect a successor to Pope Benedict, who abdicated last month.

Here is an approximate schedule of events for Wednesday. All times are local. Rome is five hours ahead of eastern time in the United States and one hour ahead of GMT.

7:45 a.m. - The 115 cardinal electors leave the Santa Martha hotel inside the Vatican for the Apostolic Palace.

8:15 a.m. - Mass in the Pauline Chapel.

9:30 a.m. - Prayer followed by voting in the Sistine Chapel.

They can vote twice in the morning. If the cardinals have not elected a pope after two votes, black smoke will emerge from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

If they have elected a pope, white smoke will emerge after either the first or second ballot of the morning session.

Therefore, morning smoke can be expected anytime between about 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. - If a pope has not been elected, the cardinals return to the Santa Martha residence.   Continued...