Pope Francis has telephones his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict, and will visit him soon, according to Vatican sources.
Your step-by-step guide to electing a new pope.
There are no swing states and no polls - all we can do is to watch the chimney for the smoke and wait for the answer, blowing in the wind.
Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are gathering in Rome to elect a new pope. Here are some facts about the Papal conclave.