The schedule for the conclave (with U.S. times)

I found this article which has an excellent summary of the Conclave process and estimated times for those of us in the US.

Here are some highlights:

*]The first smoke signal can be expected about 7 p.m. [2 pm ET] Tuesday, after the first vote.

*]Beginning Wednesday, smoke would be expected at about noon [7 am ET] and again about 7 p.m [2 pm ET].

*]However, if a pope is elected on the first ballot of the morning, the white smoke would billow forth between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. [5:30 am and 6 am ET]. If he is elected on the first ballot of the afternoon, the white smoke would be seen between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. [12:30 pm and 1 pm ET].

*]After a white smoke signal, it takes about 40-45 minutes before the announcement of the name of the candidate who won. He must accept the office, change to white vestments and the cardinals pledge their obedience and pray again.

The full article with much more detail is available here:

Pray for the Cardinals!


Thank you for posting this! I was wondering when to tune in tomorrow!

Thanks Morwenna!


Thank you!! :thumbsup:

Thank you!

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