A papal conclave is a meeting of the College of Cardinals convened to elect a Bishop of Rome, also known as the pope.

The New Pope

The Latin announcement Habemus Papam! - "We Have a Pope!"

Observance of Secrecy

Details about the level of secrecy Cardinals maintain during Conclave.

Resolving Deadlock

What happens upon a deadlock vote?

The Ballots

The voting process to elect a new Pope.

The Election

The method for choosing a new Pope?

The Conclave

The institution of the Conclave is the mechanism by which a new pope is elected.

College of Cardinals

Details about the College of Cardinals during the vacancy of the Apostolic See

The Electors

Since 1059, the election of the Pope has been reserved to the cardinals alone.

When a Pope Dies

Details of the procedures followed immediately after the death of a Pope.

Resignation of a Pope

The possibility of the resignation of a reigning Pontiff is recognised in the Code of Canon Law

Election of a Pope

How is a pope elected? What happens when a pope resigns or dies.

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