Timeline / Schedule of Conclave
TIMELINE / SCHEDULE OF CONCLAVE
Monday, April 18
10 a.m. (3 a.m. CST; 4 p.m. Manila): The cardinals celebrate a morning Mass.
4:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. CST; 10:30 p.m. Manila): Cardinals process into the Sistine Chapel.
They then take their oath of secrecy and hear a meditation from a senior cardinal. After
taking their oath, the cardinals will decide whether they will take a first vote on Monday or
wait until Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, April 19
7:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m. CST; 1:30 p.m. Manila): Cardinals celebrate Mass in the hotel chapel.
9 a.m. (2 a.m. CST; 3 p.m. Manila): Cardinals gather in Sistine Chapel for an initial two rounds of balloting.
Noon (5 a.m. CST; 6 p.m. Manila): Approximate time of first smoke signal from Sistine Chapel.
It will indicate whether a new pope has been chosen (white smoke) or no decision has been
made (black smoke) in the first round of balloting. The smoke is from the burning of the secret
ballots after each round of voting.
4 p.m. (9 a.m. CST; 10 p.m. Manila): Cardinals return to the Sistine Chapel for two rounds of afternoon balloting.
7 p.m. (12 p.m. CST; 1 p.m. Manila): Approximate time of smoke signal after second round of voting.
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