March 13, 2013
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The doors of the Sistine Chapel were closed Tuesday as the conclave began.
Blake smoke emerged from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel after the first voting session, indicating no pope had been chosen.
Cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel before the start of the conclave.
The 115 scarlet-robed cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel.
Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley took the oath of secrecy before the conclave began.
The conclave comes after Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking resignation and revelations of corruption in the Vatican bureaucracy.
People watched TV monitors in Saint Peter's Square as the cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel.
The cardinals were surrounded by Michelangelo’s imposing frescos imagining the beginning and the end of the world.
People gathered in St Peter's Square after the conclave began.
Earlier in the day, the cardinals took part in the Mass ahead of entering the conclave for a papal election.
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Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston prayed during the service.
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The faithful received communion while attending Mass at St. Peter's Basilica.
Cardinal Angelo Sodano (center left), dean of the College of Cardinals, held the Mass.
People attended the Mass at St Peter's Basilica.
Cardinals passed crowds as they exited St. Peter's Basilica.