Your Guide to How the Pope Is Chosen

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  • Conclave
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  • Catholicism
  • Vatican City
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  • Peter Turkson
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Who Can Vote 

The term "conclave" stems from the Latin phrase "with a key," referring to how the cardinals are locked inside the Vatican, which is the administrative center of the Roman Catholic Church, during the process. To be eligible, each cardinal's name has to have been previously publicized. Each member must be under the age of 80 by Feb. 28, the day the papal seat became vacant. (Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)