A papal conclave is a meeting of the College of Cardinals convened to elect a new Bishop of Rome, also known as the Pope. The pope is considered by Roman ...
When a pope dies or resigns, the governance of the Catholic Church passes to the College of Cardinals. ... Their primary responsibility is to elect a new pope.
Pope Benedict's resignation has set in motion the centuries-old process of electing a new pope - known as the Conclave.
New rules. Popes are elected by the College of Cardinals meeting in Conclave when the Apostolic See falls vacant. Pope Paul VI significantly changed the rules ...
Mar 1, 2013 ... With Pope Benedict XVI leaving the papal office rapidly, the Catholic Church will have to hurry to elect his replacement before Easter.
Feb 28, 2013 ... Cardinals from all over the world are converging on Rome to elect a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church's 1.1 billion followers.
The period between the death or resignation of a Pope and the election of his ... carrying out the will, and for giving an account of his service to the new Pope.
Feb 12, 2013 ... Between 15 to 20 days after the death of the previous Pope or, as in the case recently announced, after the resignation of a Pope, the Papal ...