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Papal Election Research Guide

This guide lists and describes sources for researching the law of papal elections.

The Papal Election Process

  • The College of Cardinals have voted for the conclave to start on Tuesday, March 12. Further, the chimneyhas been installed in the Sistine Chapel.
  • The College of Cardinals imposes a media blackout after private information from their first meeting was leaked to the Italian press.
  • The Library of Congress offers an in-depth look at the recent changes made by Pope Benedict to the papal election rules.