Roman Catholic cardinals meet Tuesday to start their conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict. The conclave, an elaborate ritual bound by centuries-old tradition to elect a new pope, will be held in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.
People crowd Saint Peter's Square to await the sight of smoke from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel, March 12, 2013.
Black smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City indicating that no decision has been made after the first day of voting for the election of a new pope, March 12, 2013.
The crowd of faithfuls wait during the conclave in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, March 12, 2013.
Shadows of tourists are cast across a papal crest dedicated to Pope Pius XII on the floor of Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, March 11, 2013.