Conclave tick tock: How cardinals' day will unfold

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  • Cardinals convene for a second day of the papal conclave on Wednesday
  • There are two votes in the morning, unless someone is elected on the first ballot
  • There are another two votes held in the Sistine Chapel in the afternoon
  • If no pope is elected today the black smoke will appear around 7p.m. local time

Cardinals tasked with electing the next pope convene for a second day of the papal conclave on Wednesday. Here is how their day will unfold. (All smoke timings are approximate)

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6:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. ET)

Cardinals wake up and have breakfast in Santa Marta, their residence at the Vatican for the duration of the conclave.

7:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m. ET)

Cardinals move from Santa Marta to the nearby Pauline Chapel

8:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m. ET)

Cardinals celebrate Mass inside Pauline Chapel

9:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. ET)

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Cardinals enter Sistine Chapel, pray the liturgy of the hours and proceed to vote. Two votes in the morning (unless someone is elected on the first ballot)

If they elect a pope in the first morning ballot, there will be white smoke around 10:30 a.m. local (5:30 a.m. ET)

If they elect a pope in the second morning ballot, there will be white smoke around noon local. (7 a.m. ET)

If they do not elect a pope in the morning session, there will be black smoke around noon local (7 a.m. ET)

12 p.m. (7 a.m. ET)

Cardinals return to Santa Marta for lunch.

4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET)

Cardinals return to the Sistine Chapel and resume voting

If they elect a pope in the first afternoon ballot, there will be white smoke around 5:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ET). The white smoke for Benedict XVI came at 5:50 p.m. (12:50 p.m. ET)

If they elect a pope in the second afternoon ballot, there will be white smoke around 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET)

If they do not elect a pope in the afternoon session, there will be black smoke around 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET)

7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET)

Cardinals recite the Vesper Prayers in the Sistine Chapel.

7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET)

Cardinals return to Santa Marta.

8 p.m. (3 p.m. ET)

Cardinals have dinner.