Firefighters on top of the Sistine Chapel
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Chimney fitted on Sistine Chapel roof for pope election

9 March 2013 Last updated at 16:12 GMT

Firefighters have fitted a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican ahead of the conclave which will elect a new pope.

The election of a new pope will be marked by white smoke appearing from the chimney.

Roman Catholic cardinals will begin electing a new pope on 12 March.