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Sistine Chapel now closed as cardinals gather to select new pope

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VATICAN CITY -

Cardinals held a 2nd day of discussions inside the Vatican focusing on the future needs of the Church. But the big decision about when to start the conclave to vote for a new Pope has not been made.

The cardinals are also asking for information about how the Vatican is managed, saying they want to get to the bottom of corruption allegations.

Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley believes the current talks may shorten the conclave.

Preparations for the conclave are well underway here in Vatican City. The Sistine Chapel, where the voting takes place, is now closed to the public.

Crews need to set up two stoves to burn the secret ballots, along with desks for the Cardinals.

The cardinals swear themselves to secrecy, but non-Vatican types don't take an oath. So Vatican security forces will sweep the Sistine Chapel for any hidden microphones and jamming devices will be installed under a false floor to detect cell phones or other electronic devices.

The Cardinals also signed off on a telegram sent to Pope Emeritus Benedict thanking him for his "brilliant" ministry and untiring work.

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