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Picking a pope: What happens in conclave

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:42:30 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 13 2013 01:24:59 PM CDT

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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Pre-conclave meetings known as the general congregations started last week and largely dealt with procedural aspects of the conclave, including the conclave's start date. Conclaves normally begin 15 to 30 days after the previous pope dies, but since Pope Benedict XVI resigned instead of dying in office like the vast majority of his predecessors, this conclave started 12 days after his retirement.

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