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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How long will the conclave last? Well, that's up to the Holy Spirit. The longest conclave in history began in 1268 and lasted 33 months. After that, the pope decreed the bishops would get one meal a day if the conclave was longer than three days. This time around, the cardinals certainly won't starve, but it's unlikely the conclave will last longer than a week: the longest conclave since the start of the 20th century lasted five days.


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