Picking a pope: What happens in conclave

POSTED: 10:42 AM PDT Mar 11, 2013    UPDATED: 11:24 AM PDT Mar 13, 2013 

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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All cardinals and a few other assistants may participate in the general congregations, but only cardinals under the age of 80 may vote to pick the pope. There are 115 eligible cardinals at the Vatican who will pick the new pope.


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