The wooden doors to the Sistine Chapel have been closed and locked as the College of Cardinals prepares for a second day of voting to determine whether a two-thirds majority will elect a new pope to succeed Benedict XVI. New York's own Cardinal Timothy Dolan is there.
In his final radio address before being sequestered Tuesday, Dolan said a certain calm had taken hold over him.
It is as if "this gentle Roman rain is a sign of the grace of the Holy Spirit coming upon us," he said.
Dolan, the archbishop of New York, was one of the cardinals chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to elect a successor after he decided to step down last month.
Dolan said Tuesday he at least felt more settled about the task at hand.
"And there's a sense of resignation and conformity with God's plan. It's magnificent," he said during his regular radio show on "The Catholic Channel" on SiriusXM.
"It's almost a microcosm of life itself, you know how you try to make the right decisions in conformity with God's holy will. And I think that's what's happening now."
The voting cardinals could have two votes Wednesday afternoon, and possibly four more on Thursday, until they reach a two-thirds majority for a new pope.
After each vote, the ballots are burned and smoke will exit the chimney. If the smoke turns white, it signals a new pope has been elected.