Just hours from now, 115 Roman Catholic cardinals will enter the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel to begin their top secret conclave to choose a new pope. Anderson Cooper reports live from Rome tonight on the final preparations on the historic vote.
The process steeped in deep tradition dates back centuries. The cardinals will be in seclusion until a decision is made on who will be the new spiritual leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, a successor for Pope Benedict the XVI, the first living pope to step down in nearly 600 years. Tonight you’ll see what will go on inside the infamous Sistine Chapel when the doors are closed and the voting takes place.
We’ll also give you a look at the next pope’s wardrobe. Three sets of papal garments in sizes small, medium and large are already hand-tailored and ready for use. This way whoever becomes the next pope has robes that fit. Did you know they’ll be able to add their own flare to the clothing? We’ll show you the workshops where the specialized tailoring is done.
We’ll also dig into the papal contenders and much more. Join us at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
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