First votes to elect pope Tuesday
Posted at: 03/12/2013 8:59 AM
By: Traci Potts
Tuesday morning's mass sets the spiritual stage. The conclave -- the first votes -- begin Tuesday night
"It was remarkably enriching and uplifting,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said in his daily radio message. “But I'm kind of happy they're over because we came here to elect a Pope."
Anxious to get started, 115 electors will walk single file into the Sistine Chapel in reverse order of seniority
The Vatican seems confident this won't take long:
But not everyone's so sure it'll be that easy for one person to get 77 votes
Who will wear the robes and shoes? Cardinal Scola, an Italian or Cardinal Scherer from Brazil?
Forty percent of the world's Catholics are from Latin America.
We could even see an American pope. U.S. students studying in Rome tell us they'll be watching for that white smoke, the sign that the Catholic Church has a new leader.