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Daily schedule for 2013 Conclave


Their set schedule will officially begin on Tuesday at 7 a.m., when the cardinals are required to move in to Domus Santae Marthae for the duration of the conclave, and will end until a new Pope is chosen.

Schedule for first day, Tuesday:

7:00 a.m.: Cardinals move in to Santa Marta
10:00 a.m.: Pro Eligendo Pontifice Mass at St.
                  Peter's Basilica
3:45 p.m.: Depart from Hotel to Apostolic
4:30 p.m.: Procession from Pauline to Sistine
4:45 p.m.: Swear-in ceremony, meditation and
first vote by cardinals
7:15 p.m.: Vespers (prayer) at Sistine Chapel
7:30 p.m.: Return to Santa Marta
8:00 p.m.: Dinner

After the first vote is taken on Tuesday evening, the first fumata, or smoke, is expected between 7-7:30 p.m. The smoke is widely expected to be black.

After the conclusion of the first day, the cardinals will follow a set schedule each day until the next Pope is chosen. There will be four rounds of voting, twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon. They will break for lunch at 1 and end with dinner at 8 p.m.

Full-day schedule for the Conclave:

6:30 a.m.: Breakfast for one hour
7:45 a.m.: Depart from Hotel to Apostolic
8:15 a.m.: Hour-long Mass at Pauline Chapel
9:30 a.m.: First two rounds of voting inside
Sistine Chapel
12:30 p.m.: Return to Santa Marta
1:00 p.m.: Lunch
4:00 p.m.: Depart from Hotel to Apostolic Palace
4:50 p.m.: Remaining two rounds of voting
inside Sistine Chapel
7:15 p.m.: Vespers (prayer) at Sistine Chapel
7:30 p.m.: Return to Santa Marta
8:00 p.m.: Dinner

The fumata after the morning votes will appear between 11:30 a.m.-Noon, while the smoke for the evening votes will appear between 6:30-7 p.m.

In the event that a Pope is chosen during the first votes of the morning or evening, the smoke would appear at around 10:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.