Vatican press office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, (this man's a saint), has revealed details of the daily schedule of the Conclave set to begin March 12.
These times below are Central European times.
The Mass for Election of a New Pontiff will take place on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., Cardinals will be transferred from the St. Martha House, the building where the Cardinals will reside during the Conclave, to the Vatican.
From there, Cardinals will process from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel where they will pray Vespers and officially enter the Conclave at 5:00 p.m.
The first possible smoke sighting will be on Tuesday evening at around 7:00 p.m.
If the smoke is black, the Cardinals will reconvene the next morning beginning with Mass at 8:15 a.m. in the Pauline Chapel and mid-morning prayer.
Voting will begin again at approximately 9:30 a.m.
There will be four votes per day, with two in the morning and two in the afternoon.
Smoke is always sent up after the two morning votes – around noon – and then again after the afternoon set of votes – around 7:00 p.m..
However, if the first vote of either the morning or afternoon set results in the election of a new Pope, the smoke will be seen earlier.
The Cardinals will follow this schedule until a new Pope is elected.
OTHER WAYS OF KEEPING UP
|Cardinal (Photo credit: lone photowolf)|
Also PopeAlarm.com is offering a simple free service that will send you a text or email message when the smoke coming out of the Sistine Chapel chimney turns white so you will know when a new Pope has been elected.
When I last checked this today it was only available in the USA but they say they are working on it.
There is a neat illustrated guide to the Conclave from here- with great graphics.
Other sites to keep an eye on include: