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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.

Picking pope - Vatican 5
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Traditionally, there is one ballot taken on the first afternoon of the conclave and four ballots taken each day after that, two each morning and two each afternoon. A new pope must receive votes from two-thirds of the participating cardinals plus one to be elected.

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