All eyes are on Rome and the world's smallest state, Vatican city, as we wait for the announcement of the new Pope.
The papal conclave moves into day two after it began on Tuesday when 115 cardinals hailing from 50 countries entered the Sistine Chapel to cast their first vote for the next Pontiff, who will be the 266th pope in the history of the church.
Black smoke, signifying no agreement has yet been reached, rose from the chimney installed especially for the highly secret process on Wednesday morning after the conclave's second vote. They will vote twice a day, in the morning and the afternoon, and reside in the 'conclave hotel' until one candidate holds two thirds of the anonymous vote.
The world will know when the cardinals have made their collective decision on Pope Benedict XVI's successor when white smoke puffs from the chimney. Meanwhile, HELLO! Online looks at the final moments before the doors of the Sistine Chapel were closed, marking the beginning of the ancient ritual of the papal conclave...