It is a secretive process. As soon as the Sistine Chapel doors close, the world waits for a puff of smoke. On Tuesday, it was black, meaning no new Pope.
Father Mike Lasitri said, "They want to make sure what they do is with the inspiration of the holy spirit without outside influence."
Fr. Lastiri is with the Diocese of Fresno. He's also a church pastor in Hanford. Like many Catholics, he's been praying, silently excited to see who the cardinals elect. "We're a part of history," he added.
He says the process could take a while. Inside the chapel, he says the Cardinals vote but don't really discuss anything until they retire for the night.
Fr. Lastiri said, "As the days go on, as more voting goes on, they might be discussing who they see, what are the attributes that they want in the next Pope."
He expects the next Pope to be younger. One that can connect with the youth, handle rigorous travels and lead the world's 1.2 Billion Catholics.
There's speculation as to who that person could be but Fr. Lastiri said you never know, "We'll be surprised I'm sure when the he appears on that ledge."
Before the next Pope appears, the world will see white smoke. But until then, all we can do is wait.
The next opportunity for white smoke comes Wednesday morning. The Cardinals can vote four times throughout the day if necessary.