Conclave. The big bell over the white smoke

(by pio dal cin) Monday March 11th 5:00 am (GMT+1) Rome Time.

Starting Tuesday after 4:45 pm (Rome Time) all the ten thousand eyes of accredited journalists from all over the world will be pinned to the Chemin that will tell the world if the new Pope has been elected.

There are two stoves inside the Sixtine Chapel, where the voting will take place; one is used to burn all the papers used by the Cardinals ( 115) to cast their vote after being counted for accuracy. This stove will release a small lair of white smoke ( often mistaken for the right white signal).

The "real" smoke signal will be given by the second stove, in which a chemical will be placed to signal that the Pope has been elected ( white smoke) or not ( black smoke).

Throughout the years, understanding the smoke signals has always been very hard and that is why from 2005 to certify the election of the Pontiff, the big bell, of the Vatican' s Basilica will toll .

When we'll hear the bell we will know for sure that a new Pope has been chosen.

From that time it will be approximately half an hour to forty five minutes before the "Habemus Papam" announcemet, and the first appearance of the newly elected Pope.

The general feeling here is that it will be a very brief Conclave.

On Tuesday the Cardinals after taking the oath of secrecy will have the time for just one voting session.

From Wendsday the sessions held will be a total of four a day ( two in the morning and two in the afternoon).

So be careful, if the Pope is chosen in the first of the two scrutiny either morning or afternoon, the smoke signal will be visible around 10:30- 11:00 am OR 5:30- 6:00
pm (Rome Time GMT+1).

The Bell of Saint Peter will be the only way to tell 100% that the Pope "number" 266
has been chosen.

The election of Benedict XVI lasted teo days after four scrutinies on April 19th
2005.

From the year 1900 on, the longest Conclave lasted five days ( 14 scrutinies)
in 1922 for the election of Pope Pio XI.




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