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Conclave tick tock: How cardinals' day will unfold

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN
updated 2:44 PM EDT, Wed March 13, 2013
Pope Francis, the Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, appears on the St. Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 13, at the Vatican. Pope Francis, the Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, appears on the St. Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 13, at the Vatican.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cardinals convene for a second day of the papal conclave on Wednesday
  • There are two votes in the morning, unless someone is elected on the first ballot
  • There are another two votes held in the Sistine Chapel in the afternoon
  • If no pope is elected today the black smoke will appear around 7p.m. local time

Rome (CNN) -- Cardinals tasked with electing the next pope convene for a second day of the papal conclave on Wednesday. Here is how their day will unfold. (All smoke timings are approximate)

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6:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. ET)

Cardinals wake up and have breakfast in Santa Marta, their residence at the Vatican for the duration of the conclave.

7:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m. ET)

Cardinals move from Santa Marta to the nearby Pauline Chapel

8:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m. ET)

Cardinals celebrate Mass inside Pauline Chapel

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Day 1 of conclave: Puffs of black smoke

9:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. ET)

Cardinals enter Sistine Chapel, pray the liturgy of the hours and proceed to vote. Two votes in the morning (unless someone is elected on the first ballot)

If they elect a pope in the first morning ballot, there will be white smoke around 10:30 a.m. local (5:30 a.m. ET)

If they elect a pope in the second morning ballot, there will be white smoke around noon local. (7 a.m. ET)

If they do not elect a pope in the morning session, there will be black smoke around noon local (7 a.m. ET)

12 p.m. (7 a.m. ET)

Cardinals return to Santa Marta for lunch.

4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET)

Cardinals return to the Sistine Chapel and resume voting

If they elect a pope in the first afternoon ballot, there will be white smoke around 5:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ET). The white smoke for Benedict XVI came at 5:50 p.m. (12:50 p.m. ET)

If they elect a pope in the second afternoon ballot, there will be white smoke around 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET)

If they do not elect a pope in the afternoon session, there will be black smoke around 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET)

7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET)

Cardinals recite the Vesper Prayers in the Sistine Chapel.

7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET)

Cardinals return to Santa Marta.

8 p.m. (3 p.m. ET)

Cardinals have dinner.

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