As the cardinals kicked off the conclave Tuesday, the scene outside in St. Peter's Square was mostly calm, the crowd slow to gather as Rome was drenched in a steady rain. Despite one protest from a Ukrainian feminist organization that turned violent with Italian police, most of the crowd was peaceful, with many holding flags, singing and praying.
Some Americans in Vatican City said they hope that the next pontiff will bring changes to the church and its 1.2 billion followers around the world.
"It's a great opportunity for the Catholic Church to actually go through some reforms," Tom Hever of Dallas said. "They have to be transparent for the younger people to believe. That is the future of the Catholic Church: the next generation, our young people."
Tania Guerrero of Brian, Texas, said she believes women are "not as high" as men in the eyes of the church.
"I feel like I'd like to see the new pope have more different ideas," she said.
With the cardinals now in the second day of the conclave, the identity of that new pope could be revealed later today. Yet again, the eyes of the world will be trained on the chimney at the Sistine Chapel, waiting to see whether white smoke will finally emerge.
"I do think that there are different views here about what's needed in a pope, and that's why it's not happening immediately," Cokie Roberts said on "GMA."
"Some people are looking for continuity, some are looking for change. There's a real difference in views inside that room."