Presentation on theme: "Conclave for the Election of the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church 12 March 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Conclave for the Election of the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church 12 March 2013
Pope Benedict XVI resigned at 8pm, Thursday, 28 February 2013, Vatican City
Vatican City in Rome Where a new Pope will be chosen to lead the Roman Catholic Church
Start of Conclave: 4.45p, Tuesday, 12 March 2013, Sistine Chapel. This conclave will remain until a new Pope has been elected.
Voting Cardinals in the Conclave There will be are 113 Cardinals that will come together in order to elect the next Pope and leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Voting The Cardinals will vote 4 times each day (twice in the morning, and twice in the afternoon)
After 3 full days (i.e. Saturday, 16 March), voting is suspended for up to a full day ("to allow a pause for prayer, informal discussion among the voters, and a brief spiritual exhortation – that is speeches to influence a decision!) then 7 more ballots and another break of up to a full day then 7 more ballots and then a break to consider how to proceed
How do we know there is a new Pope? When a new Pope has been chosen: White Smoke will be seen coming from the chimney at the top of the Sistine chapel and the bells at St. Peter's Basilica will also be rung)
Note: only one "smoke signal" each morning and afternoon. If the first round of voting on a given morning or afternoon is successful (i.e., a pope is elected) then the white smoke will appear earlier.
Black Smoke: will indicate that no Pope has yet been chosen
Let Us Pray Dear Lord we pray that your Holy Spirit will inspire and guide the cardinals to chose wisely the next Pope and leader of the Roman Catholic. Amen.