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Keys to the conclave: Making sense of the papal election as the doors to the Sistine Chapel shut

Cardinals, in red, attend a Mass for the

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Now that the doors to the Sistine Chapel are closed and the actual voting process has begun, everybody who isn’t one of the 115 electors in the Sistine Chapel now has exactly one source as to what’s happening inside: a newly installed chimney on the roof. Nothing you hear from now on will be factual, until French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran steps out on a balcony and announces: “Habemus papam,” Latin...

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