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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.

Pope John Paul II
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In 1996, Pope John Paul II added rules to ensure secrecy with high-tech communications in mind. The Sistine Chapel is carefully checked before the conclave to make sure there aren’t any recording devices hidden inside.

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