The Vatican installed a special chimney on the Sistine Chapel from which white smoke will signal the election of a new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics as cardinals prepare for the centuries-old tradition starting on Tuesday.
Vatican firefighters set up the chimney on the roof of the Sistine chapel ahead of the cardinals' conclave, on March 9, 2013. The Vatican on Saturday installed a special chimney on the Sistine Chapel from which white smoke will signal the election of a new pope as cardinals prepare for the historic vote next week after Benedict XVI's resignation.
The conclave of 115 cardinal electors will be held under Michelangelo's famous frescoes to choose the 266th pope, after the ageing Benedict XVI became the first pope to resign since the Middle Ages saying he wanted to be "a simple pilgrim" again.
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