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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Three scrutineers tally the votes. The first scrutineer takes a ballot out of the chalice, notes the name on it and gives it to the second scrutineer. The second scrutineer looks at the name and passes it to the third. The third scrutineer reads the name out loud and then pierces the ballot with a needle to slide it onto a long thread with the other counted ballots. The thread is tied into a loop when all the ballots have been tallied.


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