Cardinals Get Ready to Send Smoke Signals

Voting for next pope begins Tuesday
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2013 11:32 AM CST
Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer of Brazil, right, is followed by Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo as they arrive for a meeting at the Vatican Friday.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

(Newser) – Catholics should have a new pope next week. Church cardinals who already are gathered at the Vatican decided today to begin voting on Tuesday, reports CNN. As per tradition, they will vote in the Sistine Chapel and send up black smoke after a failed ballot (a candidate needs two-thirds of the votes, plus one extra) and white smoke when they've got a winner. So will it be the 68-year-old Canadian, or maybe the 64-year-old from Ghana? Slate runs down a short list here. (Read more Vatican stories.)

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