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Cardinals could elect new pope as early as Tuesday

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The 115 voting cardinals could elect a new pope as early as Tuesday.

Bells will ring and white smoke will flow from a chimney atop the Sistine Chapel when one cardinal receives at least 77 votes.

The cardinals continue pre-conclave discussions on Saturday and Monday. They're taking Sunday off to celebrate Mass at churches across Rome.

After the cardinal electors enter the Sistine Chapel they're called up to place their hand on a Bible and confirm their vow of secrecy. Then they pray and vote in silence.

This building, Domus Santa Marta, is where the cardinals will stay during the conclave. It has its own chapel. Security teams have swept all of the rooms for hidden microphones, and installed anti-bugging devices. The televisions and telephones have been turned off. And there is no internet service. Some rooms are larger, and nicer than others. All are assigned by lottery.

CBS News Vatican consultant, Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, says during the conclave secret discussions continue inside the Santa Marta dining room.

One of the questions facing the cardinals is what kind of leader should guide the Church as it tries to rebuild public trust after child sex abuse controversies.

The conclave to elect the last Pope, Benedict the 16th lasted 2 days.

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