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How The New Pope is Selected

Selecting a New Pope

What is a Conclave?

The election of a pope takes place at a meeting of the ________ of __________ called a Conclave. The name Conclave comes from the Latin cum clavis which means ______ __ ______. The conclave is held within ________ City, behind the locked doors of the ________ ________. Only the cardinals are allowed to be present after the Master of Papal Ceremonies speaks the phrase _______ _______ which means __________ _____!
Jessica at Shower of Roses ~

Which Cardinals


In 1996, Pope ___________________ issued Universi Dominici Gregis, a constitution on papal elections that limited the number of electors to ________ cardinals. While there are currently ________ cardinals, only cardinals under the age of ________ when the Sede Vacante period begins are eligible to enter the conclave and vote for the next pope. The number of cardinals expected to vote the current cardinal electors is _________________.

Voting Procedures

All of the cardinals participating in the conclave take an _______ of _________. If anyone breaks the oath in any way, he is automatically ________________ from the Church. Any _______ male ________ can be elected pope, but current church law says he must become a ________ before taking office; since the 15th century, the electors have always have chosen a fellow _______. The Cardinals vote on a piece of paper for who they want to be the next pope to be. The votes will be counted and for someone to be elected they will have to have ______________ of the votes. Two ballots are taken every morning and evening until a selection is made.
Jessica at Shower of Roses ~

Black or White Smoke?

After a ballot has been taken, if the required two-thirds majority is not obtained, all the ballots are burned immediately in a stove whose chimney extends from the Sistine Chapel. Straw or a chemical that causes thick ________ ________ is added. This is a signal that the ballot did not result in a newly- elected pope. If a candidate has been elected by a two-thirds majority, the ballots are burned without the addition of straw or chemicals. The ________ ________ notifies the eager public that they have a new Holy Father.
Habemus PapAm!

Once a Pope has been elected he is asked by the head Cardinal if he accepts. He then chooses as his Papal ______. If the man elected is already a ________, upon acceptance he immediately becomes Bishop of ______ and Pope. If not, he is ordained one on the spot. The new Pope makes his way to the _______ ___ _______ to change into Papal ____________. From the balcony of St. Peters the new Pope is introduced to the world ___________ ___________!" which means We have a Pope! He delivers a quick speech, and then gives his first very first blessing ___________ ____ _________ to the city (of Rome) and to the world.
Jessica at Shower of Roses ~

Answer Key: What Is A Conclave? - College, Cardinals, with a key, Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Extra Omnes, Everybody Out Which Cardinals Are Included? - John Paul II, 120, 208, 80, 115 Voting Procedures oath, secrecy, excommunicated, baptized, Catholic, bishop, cardinal, two-thirds Black or White Smoke? black smoke, white smoke Habemus Papam! - name, Bishop, Rome, room of tears, vestments, Habemus Papam, Urbi et Orbi

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