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Picking the Pope: Cardinals Head to Conclave to Elect Leader for Troubled Church
Rome (CNN) -- The work to choose a successor to retired Benedict XVI begins in earnest Tuesday, as the cardinals charged with the task prepare to be locked away in a secret election, or conclave, in Vatican City.
One of their number will almost certainly emerge from the process as the new spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
Just a few hours after moving into Santa Marta, their residence at the Vatican for the duration of the process, the 115 cardinals who will choose the new pope took part in a morning Mass at St. Peter's Basilica.
They processed into St. Peter's, clad in scarlet robes, for a service in which they prayed for guidance in making a choice that could be crucial to the future direction of a church rocked by scandal in recent years.
Tuesday afternoon, the 115 cardinal-electors -- those younger than 80 who are eligible to vote -- will go to the Pauline Chapel for further prayers.
They will then walk to the Sistine Chapel, chanting prayers as they go, to begin the secret election called the conclave.
The doors will be locked behind them, and after that the only clue the world will have of what is happening inside will be periodic puffs of smoke from a copper chimney installed in the chapel over the weekend.
Black smoke, no pope. White smoke, success.
Posted: Tuesday, March 12 2013, 12:04 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
FEMA Chief: Feds won't go 'when the cameras leave'
May 22, 2013 11:59 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says U.S. officials are "going neighborhood to neighborhood" to make sure Oklahoma gets the help it needs.
FEMA's Craig Fugate promises in an interview that officials won't desert Oklahoma, saying "We don't leave here when the cameras leave. We stay here and get the job done." Fugate tells CNN that the agency has enough money to assist the people of Moore, Okla., who were caught in the path of destruction as the nearly 1.3-mile-wide twister struck Monday afternoon. He says officials will work aggressively to help people find temporary housing and says FEMA is working with other officials to get services restored.
The emergency management director arrived in the state Tuesday, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is due there Wednesday.
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