Inside Look at Process of Selecting new Pop (conclave) in Vatican
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Today, after weeks of trepidation, the Vatican finally announced that the papal conclave will begin on the afternoon of Tuesday March 12. The secretive election process will see Catholic cardinals vote on who becomes the new Pope, taking the reigns of the 1 billion-strong Catholic Church from Pope Benedict, who retired last month. But what actually happens during the election? Officially, the papal conclave begins with the Latin words Extra omnes â€” Everyone out â€” expelling all but voting cardinals from the Sistine Chapel where conclave balloting takes place. 115 Cardinals from all around the world will be voting. Cardinals over the age of 80 at the time the papacy become vacant are ineligible to vote. Two Cardinals that were eligible will not be voting â€” a seriously ill Indonesian cardinal and a Scottish cardinal who acknowledged sexually inappropriate conduct. Right now, the make up of the electorate looks like this: 10 are from Africa 12 are from Asia 20 are from North America 13 from South America 60 are from Europe. That European voting bloc, in particular the Italians, may well be a serious kingmaker, by the way. From the start of the conclave onward, the Cardinals are completely cut off from the outside world inside a hostel within the Vatican. Voting takes place inside a locked Sistine Chapel. Tweets and texts will be completely banned, and Cardinals are supposed to be completely cut off from the outside world â€” TV, radio, and newspapers are all banned ...