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Cardinals hold final talks before pope vote

AFP, VATICAN CITY

A two-thirds majority — 77 votes or more — is needed to elect a pope.

Every day of the conclave the voting papers will be burned at about midday after two rounds of voting in the morning and at about 7pm after two rounds in the afternoon.

Smoke from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel is turned black to signal there has been no decision. If it is white, a new pope has been elected.

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