Picking a pope: What happens in conclave

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:42:30 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 13 2013 01:24:59 PM CDT

After weeks of speculation and plenty of pre-conclave meetings, the conclave has selected a new pope. Take a look at what's involved in the process of choosing a pope.

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Ballots are burned after each round so the vote totals won’t be known. Since the smoke from the burning ballots signals to the outside world a round of balloting has been completed, the cardinals developed a color-coded signal to show whether that round of voting resulted in a new pope. They add chemicals to turn the smoke black if no pope was selected, and add nothing to produce white smoke if a pope is elected.

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