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A NEW POPE IS ABOUT TO BE SELECTED CHECK OUT MY BLOG FOR SOME INTERESTING POPE FACTS!

 
A NEW POPE IS ABOUT TO BE SELECTED CHECK OUT MY BLOG FOR SOME INTERESTING POPE FACTS!

ELECTING THE NEXT POPE

Here's a handy
graphic
from the Wall Street Journal.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  Conclaves were installed
centuries ago in order to rid the voting process from outside influence. This
week's will be the tenth since 1903.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  The conclave to elect the
next pope will begin Tuesday as Cardinals enter Sistine Chapel after celebrating
a pre-conclave Mass.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  A total of 115 cardinals
will be involved in the process of choosing the new pope.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  Only cardinals under the
age of 80 at the time of Benedict XVI's official resignation being eligible to
vote.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  While some papal elections
centuries back lasted years, conclaves held in the past century have wrapped up
in two to five days.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  The March 12 start gives
cardinals time to choose a new pope before the March 24 beginning of Holy
Week.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  The cardinals can vote up
to four times a day with breaks for prayer if the process extends beyond a few
days.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  In order to become the new
pontiff, a candidate must secure two-thirds support — in this case 77 votes.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  If a round of voting comes
up short, ballots are burned and black smoke rises from a stovepipe installed at
the chapel.

http://interprep.com/images/icons/diamond.gif  The public knows when a
new pontiff has been selected because white smoke rises from the chimney and the
basilica's bells toll.

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