Friday, 8 March 2013

News Report: Conclave Commences 12th March, 2013


The conclave for the election of new Pope would begin on Tuesday 12th March, 2013, the College of Cardinals announced today after the eighth General Congregation at the Vatican Synod Hall.

After morning mass at the St. Peter’s Basilica on the conclave day, the 115 Cardinal electors, chidi opara reports learned, will gather in the Pauline Chapel for prayers in the afternoon and proceed from there to the Sistine Chapel through the Sala Regia.

The election of the 265th Pope, we learned further would follow the usual tradition which starts with the swearing of an oath to observe the conclave rules.
The Apostolic Constitution stipulates a two third majority for the election of a Pope.

Italy with twenty-eight Cardinal Electors has the highest number of Cardinal electors.

In continental breakdown, Europe has sixty Cardinal electors, Latin America Nineteen, North America fourteen, Africa eleven, Asia ten and Oceania one.

Sixty-seven of the Cardinal electors were appointed by Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI. 

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