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To: NYer

Well, the Conclave begins on Tuesday. Could be by this time next week, we will have a new Pope.

I’m not Catholic, but I do pray that God provides wisdom and direction and the Catholic Church gets just the man that God wants there.

(Personally, I’m just a fan of ‘big world events’, and the election of a Pope is one of them. I can hardly wait for the shouts of “Fumare blanca!” and the cardinal standing on the balcony intoning “Habemus papam!”.)


6 posted on 03/09/2013 7:05:03 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62
The last really long conclave was in 1830-31 (Dec. 14 to Feb. 2), a total of 50 days. In that case the cardinal regarded as most suitable for election was vetoed by the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII, and there was a long stalemate between two other cardinals before a different cardinal was chosen, who became Gregory XVI (1831-1846). It used to be that the kings of Spain and France and the Holy Roman Emperor (later the Austrian Emperor) had a veto power but that was abolished after the 1903 election.

The interval between the election of a new pope and his installation has varied between 3 and 11 days in the years since 1800:

Pius VII--7 days
Leo XII--7 days
Pius VIII--5 days
Gregory XVI--4 days
Pius IX--5 days
Leo XIII--11 days
Pius X--5 days
Benedict XV--3 days
Pius XI--6 days
Pius XII--10 days
John XXIII--7 days
Paul VI--9 days
John Paul I--8 days
John Paul II--7 days
Benedict XVI--5 days

15 posted on 03/09/2013 9:24:38 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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