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The election of a pope follows a series of choreographed rules and rituals that have been tweaked over the centuries ever since the term "conclave," or "with a key," was used in the 13th century to describe the process of locking up the cardinals until they have chosen a new pope.
Jet-black smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday evening, indicating that Roman Catholic cardinals failed in the first round of voting to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
The archbishop of Washington is one of 118 men who will be locked inside a chapel in Vatican City in the coming weeks to decide the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. But he's most looking forward to seeing the art.
Suction vents to remove dust from art patrons as part of effort to reduce damage to Vatican’s fresco
Last year, five million people visited the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to see Michelangelo's magnificent, 500-year-old frescoes. Attendance was double the 2.5 million in 1993, when the paintings were famously (some said controversially) restored.