With the second round of votes resulting in another burst of black smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican watchers are speculating about what might be going on inside the heavily guarded chamber.
Black smoke has just appeared from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel, indicating that the Cardinal-electors have not yet elected a pope.
Tomorrow will be the first full day of voting, with two votes taken in the morning, and two in the afternoon.
At the end of a press conference this weekend, the Vatican released a more detailed schedule of the Conclave, complete with what procedures are in place in the event that a pope is not selected within 11 days.
After too much information about the doings of the College of Cardinals was released to the press, the Vatican has decided to stop all press conferences until after a pope has been selected.
According to the Vatican press office, the last two remaining Cardinal-electors are expected to be present in Rome by tomorrow, enabling discussion to begin about the date of the Conclave.
While the halls of the Vatican buzzed with activity in preparation for the Conclave which will elect the next pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI spent his first day of retirement reading, listening to music and praying.
Pope Benedict XVI has cleared the way for an early start to the Conclave in which the College of Cardinals will choose his successor.
Because of the unusual circumstances of a papal retirement, Vatican officials are considering “bending the rules” to allow a Conclave to begin earlier than usual.
With the shock of Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation beginning to wear off, the Vatican is getting to work on the business of preparing for the election of a new pope.