Conclave ceremony begins at the Vatican

The process to select a new pope officially began this morning, as 115 Roman Catholic cardinals celebrated Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, and upon finishing the service, are to stride into the Sistine Chapel to begin deliberations.

The decision could take a day, a week or even longer - there’s no deadline to picking the next pope. But once a candidate gains the support of two-thirds of the vote, white smoke will be seen above the chapel, signalling that Pope Emeritus Benedict’s successor has been chosen.

Take a closer look at the papal pageantry via Framework, and read more on the selection process here.

Photos: Franco Origlia / Getty Images, Osservatore Romano / AFP/Getty Images, Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press

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