Upon the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. How is a Pope Elected. How is the New Pope Chosen?. The Church leaders, designated as the College of Cardinals, gather in Rome, Italy to elect a new Pope either when the previous Pope dies or resigns
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They promise not to use their cell phones, read newspapers, and they stay together at the Vatican the entire time of the election, whether it be days or weeks
On the morning of the day designated by the Congregations of Cardinals, the cardinal electors assemble in St Peter's Basilica to celebrate the Eucharist
Then, they gather in the afternoon in the Pauline Chapel of the Palace of the Vatican, proceeding to the Sistine Chapel while singing the Veni Creator Spiritus
Because the cardinals are still in the locked room, the people waiting outside watch the chimney to learn whether a Pope has been elected or not
When selected, the presiding cardinal approaches the elected for his consent
If he accepts, he chooses a papal name, like Benedict XVI or Pope John Paul II, which has lineage to a Saint or another PopeSelection
We have a Pope!