On Tuesday, 115 Catholic cardinals from around the world will isolate themselves from the world to choose the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who made a historic decision to step down last month.

While there’s no tweeting allowed inside the papal conclave…


…global media and onlookers on the outside are abuzz on social media. Welcome to the “virtual papal conclave:”

Yes, there’s an app for that:

Twitchy contributing editor Adam Brickley, a self-proclaimed Vatican junkie who wrote his thesis on papal conclave dynamics, has the lowdown on the process and the front runners:

Yes, observers are placing their bets:

Twitchy will be watching for the smoke with the rest of the Twittersphere and will provide continuing coverage as deliberations continue.