The Sistine Chapel closes ahead of the Cardinals' decision for a new pope. On March 5, Mail Online reported that the Sistine Chapel closed its doors to tourists on the day that Cardinals were scheduled to have their second meeting. Today, they will be choosing an election date and many believe the name of a new pope could be chosen as well.
"The Vatican today sent the clearest sign yet that a papal election is nearing with the Sistine Chapel announcing it is closing to visitors. As of this afternoon, Michelangelo's frescoed masterpiece will be sealed to tourists as Vatican workers put it into shape for the conclave," Mail Online reported.
As the Sistine Chapel closes, many are hopeful that their new Catholic leader will be chosen. One of the reasons that the Chapel was closed was so that anti-bugging devices could be installed. There are plenty of privacy concerns surrounding this decision and the church wants to ensure that no one is listening in on the discussions at these meetings.
There has already been on imposter -- a male child-abuse protester dressed as a Cardinal -- who entered the Vatican and tried to take part in discussions. According to the report, he was removed by security because someone noticed that his robes were too short.
There are over 100 Cardinals taking part in these meetings which will eventually end with a big announcement.
The Sistine Chapel closes its doors today as a precautionary measure. It is in the Chapel's chimney where the ballots are burned after all.
© Effie Orfanides 2013