The Papal Conclave in Summary

Mar 11, 2013

How is the new Roman Catholic Pope chosen/elected?
I tried to search on the question about the election of the new pope. Google lead me to CNN's detailed account of the latest news about the Papal Conclave in Rome.

I will just summarize the whole text. Here are some important points:

  • The conclave will start on Tuesday, March 12 with a morning mass.
  • The cardinals attending will then enter the Sistine Chapel and begin the secret election called as the "Conclave."
  • Puffs of smoke will be done four times in a day. Twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon.
  • "Black smoke, no pope. White smoke, success."

Some Facts about the 2013 Papal Conclave:
  • Italy has the largest number of voters.
  • The United States has 11 of the 115 votes, making it the second largest national bloc after Italy.
  • Sixty of the cardinals are from Europe and 67 were appointed by Benedict XVI.
  • The new pope needs at least 77 votes from the conclave.

I pray for the decisions made by our cardinals in Rome.


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