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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General congregation participants also picked two churchmen "known for their sound doctrine, wisdom and moral authority" to offer meditations on "problems facing the church" and "the need for careful discernment in choosing the new pope." The Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, who gave one meditation before the conclave that selected Benedict XVI, offered the first meditation on March 4. A second meditation offered just before the first round of voting will be given by 87-year-old Cardinal Prosper Grech, a biblical scholar who was made a cardinal last year.


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