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People watch cardinals assembled in the Sistine Chapel at the start the conclave to elect a new pope on a video monitor in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

Update: Conclave to elect new pope begins

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Update 11:30 a.m.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The heavy wooden door to the Sistine Chapel has been closed and locked, signaling the start of the conclave to elect a new pope to succeed Benedict XVI following his stunning resignation.

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