VATICAN CITY (WUSA9)--The doors of the Sistine Chapel were shut on Tuesday afternoon to begin the conclave-- leaving 115 cardinals to decide by secret ballot who will be the next Pope.
Before that each cardinal including Washington's Donald Wuerl placed his hand on the bible and took an oath in Latin.
For first time cameras were placed inside the Sistine Chapel by to capture the historic events.
After the Cardinals took their oath of secrecy, the master of ceremonies proclaimed "Extra Omnes" (Everyone Out), and all who are not eligible to vote exited the Chapel.
Washington's former Archbishop, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, at 82, is by rule too old to vote but he participated in the conclave eight years ago that elected Benedict.
Has anyone ever rejected the job? McCarrick answers this question in an exclusive interview with WUSA9's Bruce Johnson from his temporary quarters in Vatican Square. See the attached video.