How’s a new pope chosen?

When a pope dies, all the cardinals come together in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican to form the Papal Conclave. They are not allowed to speak to anyone during the time they are gathered together to choose the next pope: no telephone, no mobile, no internet, nothing!

They pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance on whom to choose. When a new pope has been chosen, and after he has accepted, ”Habemus Papam” (we have a new pope) is announced from the balcony of the Vatican. Out steps the new supreme pontiff for the whole world to see!

Check out this brilliant infographic for more info

(or for more written stuff, go to Catholic Pages)

pope francis election

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July 14, 2013. General pope facts.

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