Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    Papal selections have been conducted in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel for the past 100 years.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    During the selection process the Cardinals are cut off from the outside world: no newspapers, television, telephones, cellphones or even computers of any kind are allowed.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    The Cardinals are housed in Santa Marta House, each with their own private room and bathroom, where they will eat and sleep until a new Pope is selected.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    Santa Marta House is located inside the Vatican Walls.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    Only 70 other people allowed into Santa Marta House -- doctors, cooks, and maids.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    Only Cardinals under the age of 80, at the time of the Pope's death, are allowed to voted for a new Pontiff.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    The rule for being elected Pope is simple: any Catholic male who is not married is eligible. However, for almost 1,000 years it's most always been a Cardinal.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    The ballots are done in secret with a two thirds majority needed to be elected. Four votes are cast on most days, two in the morning and two in the evening. Each Cardinal takes his ballot to the front where he recites a brief oath. Once all ballots are cast, they are then read allowed so each Cardinal can track the votes.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    When no Pope was elected the ballots were collected and burned with straw to produce the black smoke called 'Fumata Nera.'
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    When no Pope was elected the ballots were collected and burned with straw to produce the black smoke called "Fumata Nera." The first sign that the more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide have a pope will come when white smoke curls out of the Sistine Chapel's chimney.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    Once a Pope has been elected, white smoke or 'Fumata Nera' can be seen above the Sistine Chapel and the Cardinals will announce 'Habemus Papum' to the crowd. The new Pope will then appear to the masses to give his first address.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    The newly elected pontiff will immediately be fitted with the papal vestements before making his way to St. Peter's Basilica, his identity still unknown to the world.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    The new pope will then step onto the balcony and greet the world for the first time.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    The secrets of the conclave that elevated the Pope to the position, will be forever kept among the world's most exclusive club.
    Gerry Andrea
  • Selection of a new Pope: Conclave Sketches

    There is an old saying in Rome that he who enters conclave as a pope exits as a cardinal. For the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the choice that will be made in the Sistine Chapel next month could not be any more important -- it may determine the future of their faith for the coming decades.
    Gerry Andrea
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