Cardinals to begin process of electing pope

The elections of John Paul II in 1978 and his successor Benedict in 2005 took three days and two days, respectively.

12th March, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI

The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church will file into the 15th-century Sistine Chapel today to begin their secret election of a successor to retired Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinals under the voting-age limit of 80, who total 115, will enter the conclave at 4:30 p.m. in Rome after asking for God’s guidance at a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

“Every time there is an election of a new pope, it’s a new era,”...

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