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Conclave to have three voting urns, two stoves

One stove to burn votes, other to produce smoke

Conclave to have three voting urns, two stoves

Vatican City, March 5 - The Vatican said Tuesday that three urns will be used to collect votes at the upcoming conclave to elect the next pope and that two stoves will be employed. The Vatican's press office showed pictures at a news conference of the urns with locks on top that will be used. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said one urn will be use to collect the votes, another for ballots that have been counted and the other is there to be taken to any cardinals who cannot get to the Sistine Chapel to vote. They were designed by Italian sculptor Cecco Bonanotte. Lombardi added that two stoves would be in use, one to burn the ballots and the other to create the smoke that lets the world know whether the cardinals have elected a new pope - white if they have, black if they have not. "If there were only the papers (of the votes) burning, there wouldn't be enough smoke," Lombardi explained. "It's necessary to put in special smoke to show the result better".

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