Cardinals prepare to enter conclave to elect new pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The specter of an inconclusive first few rounds of secret balloting remains high as cardinals prepare to enter the conclave to elect a new pope on Tuesday.

The Vatican is seeking to end speculation that divisions among cardinals could drag out the gathering. A Vatican spokesman stresses that no conclave over the past century has dragged on for more than five days.

Meanwhile, preparations for the voting that will lead to a new pope are continuing at the Vatican.

Firefighters on Saturday, installed the Sistine Chapel chimney that will tell the world when a decision has been reached.

Elsewhere, officials took steps to definitively end Benedict XVI's pontificate, destroying his fisherman's ring and the personal seals and stamps he used for official papers.

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