From Rome: White smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel a little after 7 p.m. Rome time Tuesday.
Rome dispatch: Black smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel's chimney Tuesday, announcing no pope was elected in the first round of voting.
The last millennium has shown that papal elections can be fraught with politics and can take months of wrangling to reach a resolution.
Three sizes of robes are ready for the new pope, hand-sewn by a shop that has dressed every pope since Pius XII.
Rome dispatch: I have learned in Rome that life goes on. However imperfect, the church carries the faithful through their days.
Pope Benedict XVI's successor will take over the rocky relationship with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.
The next pope must be "very aware" of the need for vigilance in preventing clergy sex abuse, said Chicago's Cardinal Francis George.
Cardinal Roger Mahony expressed "amazement" at calls that he withdraw from the upcoming papal conclave because of his record on clergy sex abuse and said the Vatican, acting through its ambassador to the United States, had instructed him to take part in the election of the next pope.
"I'm here because the Holy Father appointed me a cardinal in 1991, and the primary job of a cardinal, the No. 1 job, is actually the election of a new pope should a vacancy occur," the cardinal told Catholic News Service on Feb. 28, two days after arriving in Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI will live "hidden from the world" in "a life dedicated to prayer" after he officially retires. Here's more about what comes next for him.
Vatican officials released a pair of unusual statements Saturday condemning some press coverage of the papal transition.
A communique from the Secretariat of State called "deplorable" the "widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories" intended to exert "pressures on the election of the pope."