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Cardinals gather one last time before conclave to elect new pope
March 11th, 2013
07:48 PM ET

Cardinals gather one last time before conclave to elect new pope

By Michael Pearson. Richard Allen Greene and Dan Rivers, CNN

Rome (CNN) - The Sistine Chapel is ready. The new pope's clothes are laid out. Now it's up to the cardinals.

The work to elect a successor to retired Pope Benedict XVI begins in earnest Tuesday, with a morning Mass at St. Peter's Basilica.

The service - open to the public - will be the last public event featuring the 115 cardinals who will choose the new spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

Cardinals taking part in the process will then walk to the Sistine Chapel, chanting prayers as they go, to begin the secret election called the conclave.

After that, the only clue the world will have of what is happening inside will be periodic puffs of smoke from a copper chimney installed over the weekend in the Sistine Chapel.

Black smoke, no pope. White smoke, success.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. AB

    I don’t want a pickle.
    I just want to ride on my motorcicle.
    And I don’t want to die.
    I just want to ride on m motor cy…………..cle

    March 12, 2013 at 12:45 am |
  2. AB

    God hates the Suns by the way.
    Lakers.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:41 am |
  3. AB

    Alice Cooperstown in Phoenix is awesome.
    They have the “Big Unit”
    Then you can catch a Suns game.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:39 am |
  4. AB

    Netflix Sucks.
    But I still watch it.
    Jesus makes me.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:35 am |
  5. AB

    Angels have face tattoos of Charles Mason.
    That way they are unemployable.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:30 am |
    • AB

      Manson

      March 12, 2013 at 12:32 am |
  6. AB

    God is a goof.
    But he seems to make people happy.

    He likes burgers.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:26 am |
  7. AB

    People pee in the swimming pool.
    You drink it. Yuck.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:23 am |
  8. AB

    If you pe>b>e your pants.
    You smell.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:20 am |
    • AB

      pee

      March 12, 2013 at 12:21 am |
  9. AB

    Pot is nice.
    It should be legal.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:17 am |
  10. AB

    People who believe in miracles are ignorant.
    Nothing is supernatural.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:14 am |
  11. AB

    All religions are ignorant.
    Believers should be given lobotomies.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:09 am |
  12. AB

    Catholics are morons.
    Empty the Vatican and demolish it.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:02 am |
  13. AB

    Christians are idiots.
    This is a fact.

    March 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
  14. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    TFU
    It is a good thought to feel good for a hindu looser, some are blessed to be out of gutter of hinduism illegality, rest of them are still to be in hind hell of hinduism, racism, hind, stink baby hind, stink, luck of a hindu stinky.

    March 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm |

    • kinky

      March 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
  15. STFU

    yo Islam, when is your conclave? I imagine it must be the dangerous place to hang around!! I mean all trigger happy Imams locked up with fully loaded vests in small place?

    March 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      No hindus crooks permitted, shot dead before reaching limit of truth absolute. Who wants hindu stinky skunks around, not hiuman.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
    • STFU

      spin baby spin

      March 11, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
    • STFU

      and Pakistani muslims are forgetting too fast, they were hindus converted to Islam by force, at least in your case I am 100% sure.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • .

      What are you smoking? Camel shit?

      March 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
  16. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    White smoke--Son of Lucifer is incarnated to represent hindu Lucifer filthy secular among humanity.
    Black smoke, Sons of hindu Lucifer, filthy secular are in process of electing son incarnate of hindu Lucifer, filthy secular to hind fool humanity in to worship their hindu Lucifer, filthy secular, as their god.

    March 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      People might actually take you a bit more seriously if you were to learn something about sentence structure instead of the constant, incomprehensible bile you constantly spew.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      You understand very well, only hindus, deniers of truth absolute have problem with my post. you must be one of them.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Do you enjoy posting constant, irrelevant, incoherent stupidity? It seems like you enjoy it a lot.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
    • Chad is not just a lovely country in Sub-Saharan Africa

      Perfumed Pakistani toy boy of hindu sneaks her underthings to sniff and burn for secular black smoke opium. Lovely hindu girls discipline, whip wretched Islamism back to sniveling secularism . Pakistani boy here boy! here boy! come back for more Captain Crunch.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • clarity

      It said something a moment ago about Lucifer, hawaii. It's another nutcase.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      And you always read it, hindu, lair.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @islam

      Actually, I read your posts to the point where it is clear that you are still posting inane stupidity.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Usually it only takes about 4-6 words.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • .

      What the fuck is lair? Do you mean liar? You should, denier of absolute COHERENCY, because you do it all the live long day. Shut up already, you unbalanced twit.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      No, it seems so, to a hindu, upside down head, every hindu, ignorant is borne by his birth.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • clarity

      Yep – nutcase it is.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Rod of truth, hit the mark, your hindu hind is on fire hindu, liar, cry baby cry.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Well that was fun. I'm done responding to islam etc. for a while. His stupidity is entertaining in small doses, and makes one lose faith in human intelligence in large doses. Islam etc., you should post a disclaimer after your posts that prolonged exposure can lead to a lowering of IQ.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hindusim, stupidity and IQ are incomparable, you must have glanced this word from a human book, hindu, ignorant, without an IQ by birth.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • .

      Islam, stupidity and IQ are incomparable, you must have glanced this word from a human book, muslim, ignorant, without an IQ by birth.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
    • .

      Islam, fabrication has no value, never existed, but only in muslim crooked minfd of muslim Lucifer, filthy secular.

      See hoe fucking retarded that is??? Asshole.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • Answer

      Islam smell butt, good, Mohammed there, agree. Goes boom. No virgins.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      It is pretty good for a hindu,ignorant, must be taught by hindu stupid hanumann , your Evolution daddy monkey.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • Answer

      Islam brush teeth,with rock, bleeds. Goes to cow, ra-p-es, filthy. Blame hindu. Good.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hindu, looser by birth.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
    • STFU

      SECULAR GOAT TOUCHING, FILTHY RUH FLYING HORSES, BANG BANG SIS, HIND GABRIAL BLAH BLAH BLAH

      March 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
    • Answer

      Islam no spell loser correct. Islam will ra-p-e cow. Now. Go blame hindu more.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
    • .

      It's LOSER, you camel-loving inbred.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
    • STFU

      GIVE ME YOUR ADDRESS MOHAMMAD, I WILL MAIL YOU AN INFLATABLE GOAT, YOU CAN TAKE YOUR FRUSTRATION ON BACK OF HER

      March 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
    • STFU

      don't push this guy, he might press the button prematurely

      March 11, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • Answer

      Who cares?

      You have to wonder why loser Islam is here in the first place. Attention.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
  17. Reasonably

    Ever wonder what that smoke smells like? A little Koana Kine, maybe? Humbolt freshy? Wonder what the Italian equivalent is...

    March 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
  18. kafantaris2

    with them. Why not give it to those we deem worthy while we still have our faculties.
    Show tolerance. This is not only the hallmark of a learned man but also an experienced one. Nobody is all bad or all good. In between lies humanity, but we will never find it if we don't look there. After all, this is where Christ looked and found us. This is where the Church must look also to find its lost flock.
    Turn the other cheek. If we were wronged revenge won't make it right - though it might briefly feel better. But the revenge perpetuates the wrong, and from generation to generation. Why not fight the urge for revenge ourselves by turning the other cheek and stop it, there and then with us.
    Above all, let’s love our strange, filthy, unworthy neighbor as we love ourselves. He could use our understanding and help, though he may not deserve it. He is our brother - unconditionally - and we are our brother's keeper.

    March 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Reasonably

      But if they believe in a different god then we should kill them – plain as day. It's worked so well for so long – why change a winning recipe?

      March 11, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
  19. STFU

    Let's all pray our savior Jesus, cardinals never agree on one person, and stay locked up forever.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hindism, fabrication has no value, never existed, but only in hindu crooked minfd of hindu Lucifer, filthy secular.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
    • clarity

      I always have trouble understanding whatever the hell you are writing. But it looks like you're using the word Lucifer as if you believe in it, therefore you're nuts.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
    • clarity

      Oh, lol. That was directed at ISLAM BLAH BLAH BLAH

      March 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      It was directed at hindu Lucifer, filthy Atheist, self centered, it hit the mark.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  20. Bootyfunk

    it's just so exciting! who will be the next pope to ignore the children abused by the church?

    March 11, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • Answer

      It'll be a white guy. That is a sure fact.

      March 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • lol??

      Athena and the Edcratists, a lousy group BTW, say white guys are a cliche.

      March 12, 2013 at 1:14 am |
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