The Papal Conclave 2013 live streaming and TV coverage started on Tuesday as the process to elect the Catholic Church's next Pope is underway. A Sistine Chapel smoke cam is among the viewing options for online viewers, with various TV stations bringing updates and breaking news coverage of the latest.
According to a report from The AP via Oregon Live on March 12, the Master of Liturgical Ceremonies, Monsignor Guido Marini gave instructions for everyone to clear out of the Sistine Chapel, except the cardinals who will be part of the voting process. They'll convene in secrecy, behind closed doors, casting their vote ballots. Some have speculated they could select the next pope by Thursday.
Update: Black smoke has emerged from the Sistine Chapel as of 2:45 p.m. EST indicating the Cardinals have yet to reach a decision for a new pope after the first round of voting. There will be more voting as of tomorrow morning in the Sistine Chapel.
A Sistine Chapel live smoke cam is currently available at the NBC News website. As of this report, it only shows the rooftop of the chapel during the night hours as well as views of the people gathered around outside the chapel. It's the color of the smoke which will signal whether a decision has been made or not. Black smoke signifies the process of voting will continue, while white smoke will signal that a pope has been selected for the Catholic Church. From there, it's just a matter of the chosen individual accepting the position and being officially given the role.
The Papal Conclave process to select the new pope is due to the surprising resignation of Pope Benedict XVI who officially left his position as of late February. Continuing coverage can be seen on many news networks including CNN, MSNBC and FOX News, as well as local affiliate stations in Roanoke such as WDBJ 7 for CBS, WSLS 10 for NBC and WSET 13 for ABC.