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Stoves used to burn ballots during a papal conclave are seen in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel March 8. Cardinal electors assembled in Rome will begin voting for the next pope March 12. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

From the Vatican Information Service:

The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013. A “pro eligendo Romano Pontifice” Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica that morning. In the afternoon, the cardinals will enter into the Conclave.

Here is a nifty graphic with some interesting statistics on the last several conclaves. Fascinating stuff! 

 
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