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March 13th, 2013
06:36 AM ET

Americans make the pilgrimage to Vatican for glimpse of white smoke and new pope – Miguel Marquez reports

History is in the making in Rome, Italy today. Today marks the second day of the papal election. We may see white smoke emerge from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel, indicating a new pontiff has been chosen.

Many Americans are making the pilgrimage to Rome to witness the moment live at the Vatican. Miguel Marquez speaks to two American Catholic students on watch for the smoke signal.

Both active in the Catholic church, Nora and Victoria share their feelings about the significance of being present for this conclave.

"It's such an exciting experience and it's part of history, and just to say that I was here for a new election of a new pope is amazing," Nora says.

“It's very important," Victoria says. "The pope is the leader of our church, and he's such a model, so we really need someone who is strong an and who can lead us.”

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