A conclave cardinal’s life by the clock

(CNS/Paul Haring)

(CNS/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Here is a translation of the College of Cardinals’ daily schedule for the conclave. All times are Central European Time with Eastern Daylight Time in parentheses.

March 12:

3:45 p.m. (10:45 a.m.) — Transfer from the Domus Sanctae Marthae to the Apostolic Palace.
4:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m.) — Procession from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel.
4:45 p.m. (11:45 a.m.) — Oaths, meditation by Cardinal Prosper Grech, first ballot.
7:15 p.m. (2:15 p.m.) — Vespers in the Sistine Chapel.
7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m.) — Transfer to the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
8 p.m. (3 p.m.) — Dinner.

March 13-15 or until election of a pope:

6:30-7:30 a.m. (1:30-2:30 a.m.) — Breakfast.
7:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m.) — Transfer to the Pauline Chapel.
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m.-4:15 a.m.) — Mass in the Pauline Chapel.
9:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m.) — Prayer and two rounds of voting.
12:30 (7:30) — Transfer to the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
1 p.m. (8 a.m.) — Lunch.
4 p.m. (11 a.m.) — Transfer to the Apostolic Palace.
4:50 p.m. (11:50 a.m.) — Two more rounds of voting.
7:15 p.m. (2:15 p.m.) — Vespers in the Sistine Chapel.
7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m.) — Transfer to the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
8 p.m. (3 p.m.) — Dinner.

Conclave smoke signal timetable

Vatican firefighters put the chimney in place this morning. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Vatican firefighters put the chimney in place this morning. (CNS/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — For smoke watchers the world over, the cardinal electors were given the outline of their daily conclave schedules this morning.

Given their time for breakfast, Mass and lunch; time for a rest and a return to the Sistine Chapel, then the time for evening prayer and dinner, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman gave some broad indications on when to be in St. Peter’s Square to gaze at the chimney on roof of the Sistine Chapel or to watch on TV or the internet cameras fixed on the chimney.

The times below are listed in European Central Time. Remember, Europe — unlike the United States — does NOT go on Daylight Saving Time March 10.

When the balloting is unsuccessful — no candidate reaches the 2/3 votes needed for election — two votes are taken in the morning and two are taken in the afternoon. The two morning or two afternoon ballots are burned together, so there are only two smoke signals a day.

The first smoke signal can be expected about 7 p.m. Tuesday, after the first vote.

Beginning Wednesday, smoke would be expected at about noon and again about 7 p.m.

However, if a pope is elected on the first ballot of the morning, the white smoke would billow forth between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. If he is elected on the first ballot of the afternoon, the white smoke would be seen between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

After a white smoke signal, it takes about 40-45 minutes before the announcement of the name of the candidate who won. He must accept the office, change to white vestments and the cardinals pledge their obedience and pray again.

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