Monday, April 18, 2005

Conclave schedule

Tuesday, April 19
_ 7:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. EDT): Cardinals celebrate Mass in the hotel chapel.
_ 9 a.m. (3 a.m. EDT): Cardinals gather in Sistine Chapel for two rounds of balloting if new pope not elected Monday.
_ Noon (6 a.m. EDT): Approximate time of first smoke signal from Sistine Chapel. It will indicate whether a new pope has been chosen (white smoke) or no decision has been made (black smoke) in the morning session of balloting. The smoke is from the burning of the secret ballots after the two rounds of voting held mornings and afternoons.
_ 4 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT): Cardinals return to the Sistine Chapel for two rounds of afternoon balloting.
_ 7 p.m. (1 p.m. EDT): Approximate time of smoke signal after second round of voting.
(from yahoo's website)


Deep Furrows said...

Hmm. So, they vote 4 times a day. I'm not sure how many times they voted today, twice since we only saw one smoke signal? If it has to go to 30 votes, what would be the maximum number of days in conclave? In other words, what would be the worst case scenario?

Just wondering . . .


Sr. Lorraine said...

From what I understand, on Monday evening there was one vote.
Other days there are two votes in the morning and two in the afternoon, but they do the smoke only once for every two ballots. So by the end of Tuesday it will be 5 ballots. To go up to 30 ballots would take 6 full days plus one ballot on the next day, so say about a week.