Transcript for Pope Benedict XVI Resignation: Inside The Conclave
It was a quick process to anoint pope benedict. How does the process work? This is a fascinating, intricate, ancient process. A brief look at how it works. Take a look. For the past 10 year, papal elections have been held in the vatican's sistine chapel. They're totally cut off from the outside world. All banned. Once the election commence, they'll sleep and eat in the santa marta house in private rooms, each with a bathroom. About 70 people are awe loied in besides the cardinals. Who can vote for the pope? Usually those under the age of 80 at the time of the pope's death. So at this time benedict is still alive. Will he be part of it or will his age keep him out? Any catholic male, not married, is eligible. For more than 1,000 year, it's almost always been a cardinal. The ballots are secret. Each cardinal writes his choice on ballot slip. In the old day when no pope was elected, the papers were burned with wet straw to make smoke. Now a days, different chemical pelts are used to create black. The smoke signals come out twice a day, at the end of the morning and at the end of the afternoon, until a pope is elected. Of course, the question now, what will pope benedict do once he's replaced? He says he hopes to continue to serve the church in a life dedicated to prayer. We've heard from the pope's brother this morning that the pope was told not to take any transatlantic trips. The pope had been considering this decision for months now. According to his brother. Thank you so much for the primmer on the ancient process using smoke csignals.
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