Chapel locked

Cardinals seated in Sistine Chapel


Cardinals vote at altar

How long will it take to reach a decision? In 1800, Pius VII was chosen after 105 days. The past five conclaves lasted an average of three days

How a Pope Gets Picked

The first Pope, St. Peter, was chosen by Jesus, but the fisherman's modern successors are elected. The 115 Cardinals eligible to vote for the leader of the Roman Catholic Church will be locked inside the Sistine Chapel and subjected to rules both new and old


1 Oaths and Appointments

The Cardinals swear an oath...

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