Catholics wait for the election of a new Pope as the second Conclave of the 21st century began, today, March 12, however black smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel, signifying another day of “Sede Vacante” with the Cardinals preparing to meet again tomorrow, as reported by News.VA/Facebook.
At 4:15 p.m. Rome time, 115 Cardinal Electors entered the Pauline Chapel, where after a brief prayer, processed towards the Sistine Chapel, according to News.VA. After taking their seats in the order of hierarchical precedence, each Cardinal took the oath of secrecy. At 5:35 p.m. the doors of the historic Chapel were closed following the phrase “Extra Omnes” spoken by the Master of Ceremonies, Monsignor Guido Marini. All individuals not directly participating in the Conclave left the Sistine Chapel, leaving Monsignor Marini, the Cardinal Electors and Cardinal Prosper Grech, O.S.A., who will provide the meditation for the good of the Universal Church prescribed in No. 52 of the Apostolic Constitution “Universi Dominici Gregis”.
Shortly after beginning the first session of the Conclave, one ballot was held, however at 7:42 p.m. black smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel signifying the Cardinals could not agree to the Successor of St. Peter. Four more ballots will be cast for the next Pope during tomorrow’s Conclave, where a two-thirds majority of Cardinal Electors is required for the election of the Catholic Church’s new leader.
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