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Chimney Cam

WATCH: Live video from the Vatican as Catholics await a new Pope

If there’s white smoke, you’ll see it here. (If there’s black smoke, you’ll see that here too.)

(YouTube: vatican)

THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS of the Catholic Church are continuing their conclave in the Sistine Chapel in Rome today.

The 115 cardinals have been casting ballots to determine who should become the 265th successor to St Peter as the leader of the world’s Catholics.

A successful candidate will need two-thirds of the vote, equivalent to the support of 77 voters.

Four ballots are held each today, with black smoke sent through the chimney at the conclusion of morning and afternoon sessions (around 12pm and 8pm) if no pontiff has been chosen to succeed Benedict XVI.

If white smoke is to emerge, it will come shortly after each vote is held – expected to be roughly around 9:30am, 12pm, 4:30pm and 7pm (Irish time) each day until the conclave has ended.

Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?

Read: Meet the men who could succeed Pope Benedict XVI