Picking a pope: What happens in conclave

Published On: Mar 11 2013 10:42:30 AM PDT   Updated On: Mar 13 2013 11:24:59 AM PDT

After weeks of speculation and plenty of pre-conclave meetings, the conclave has selected a new pope. Take a look at what's involved in the process of choosing a pope.

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The new pope's chosen name could tell a lot about him by signaling a previous pope he might hope to emulate. For instance, the selection of the name Pius could suggest a conservative outlook, since Pius XII was known for his conservatism. A John could be a reformer, since John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council.


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