Papal Election

Resignation of a Pope

25th September 2018

Resignation of a Pope

The possibility of the resignation of a reigning Pontiff is recognised in the Code of Canon Law

Becoming a Pope

12th April 2018

Becoming a Pope

How is a pope elected? What happens when a pope resigns or dies.

The New Pope

13th April 2010

The New Pope

The Latin announcement Habemus Papam! - "We Have a Pope!"

Observance of Secrecy

13th April 2010

Observance of Secrecy

Details about the level of secrecy Cardinals maintain during Conclave.

Resolving Deadlock

13th April 2010

Resolving Deadlock

What happens upon a deadlock vote?

The Ballots

13th April 2010

The Ballots

The voting process to elect a new Pope.

The Election

13th April 2010

The Election

What is the process of electing a new Pope?

The Conclave

13th April 2010

The Conclave

The institution of the Conclave is the mechanism by which a new pope is elected.

College of Cardinals

13th April 2010

College of Cardinals

Details about the College of Cardinals during the vacancy of the Apostolic See

The Electors

13th April 2010

The Electors

Since 1059, the election of the Pope has been reserved to the cardinals alone.

When a Pope Dies

13th April 2010

When a Pope Dies

Details of the procedures followed immediately after the death of a Pope.