INFOGRAPHIC: How a new pope is elected

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What happens during the secretive conclave that elects the 266th Catholic pontiff?

MANILA, Philippines – Cardinals gather on Tuesday, March 12, for a secretive ritual to elect the 266th leader of the Catholic Church. What happens within the walls of the Sistine Chapel?

Visualizing the rules in the papal decree Universi Dominici Gregis, Rappler’s Emil Mercado presents the papal election process in the infographic below.

For a more detailed look into the process – with photos – read our story on this 700-year-old tradition: Elaborate rituals to elect 266th pope. –

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