Cardinals Set to Elect Pope Monday, 115 cardinals of the Catholic Church will withdraw into a conclave in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope. The session, the first in 27 years, will be a blend of Old-World pageantry and state-of-the-art technology.

Cardinals to Meet in Secrecy Old and New

Cardinals to Meet in Secrecy Old and New

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Cardinals attend a mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday, the day of their last meeting before a conclave begins Monday to elect a new pope. Reuters hide caption

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Monday, 115 cardinals of the Catholic Church will withdraw into a conclave in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope. It will be the first conclave in more than a quarter of a century. The session will also be the first in which medieval and renaissance pageantry will blend with state-of-the-art technology.

A new floor was installed in the chapel Saturday. Beneath it lies a wealth of electronic jamming devices, meant to prevent spying on the secret sessions.