Your Guide to How the Pope Is Chosen

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The Next Era

On Tuesday, 115 cardinals of the Holy Roman Church will convene in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City for the Conclave, the secret ceremony where the next pope is elected as the leader of some 1.2 billion Catholics around the world. Keep reading for a primer on how the process of selecting a pope comes together. — Britt Middleton  (Photo: REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)