by Paul L. Gleiser
(ROME) The most watched chimney in the world is the one that issues black smoke when the College of Cardinals has failed to reach a two-thirds majority vote for a new pope, or white smoke when a new pope has been selected.
But the chimney is not a permanent part of the Sistine Chapel roof. It is put in place specifically for papal conclaves. On Saturday, March 9, workers at the Vatican secured the chimney to the roof in advance of the papal conclave, set to begin Tuesday, March 12.
So what happens on Tuesday? For the answer to that question, we asked National Catholic Reporter Vatican Analyst Father Thomas Reese.