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The Papal Conclave

In the early days of the church, the pope was chosen by clergy and laity. In 1059, Nicholas II gave Cardinals the leading role in electing popes, in part to fight off feuding and lobbying by families and civil officials that was making the position more political than spiritual.

In 1170, the Third Lateran Council restricted the election to Cardinals and decided it would take a vote of two thirds of the Cardinals to elect the Pope (a rule that holds true today).

In 1268 following the death of Clement IV, it took three years to choose the next pope, Gregory X. That happened only after local officials in Vierbo, Italy where the election was) locked the cardinals in a building with no roof and threatened they would only get bread and water. Gregory X was elected almost immediately. Gregory X then stipulated the Cardinals should gather in the town where the Pope died and be locked in without a key to avoid outside influence. The Cardinals couldn’t receive any funds during the conclave from the papal treasury and after eight days would be fed bread and water.

In 1274 conclave rules were spelled out at the Council of Lyons. Many of these rules remain. In 1996 Pope John Paul II issued an apostolic constitution, Universi Dominic Gregis: on the vacancy of the Apostolic See and Election of the Roman Pontiff,outlining the guidelines to follow when the papacy is vacant.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued an apostolic constitution, De Aliquibus Mutationibus in Mormis De Electione Romani Pontificis, amending Universi Dominici Gregis and requiring a two-thirds vote for the election of a new pope, regardless of how many ballots are needed.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why do we call the Pope the Vicar of Christ?

Jesus gave an office uniquely to St. Peter, the first of the Apostles, to be transmitted to the Successors of St. Peter. A vicar is someone who stands in the place of another. Peter was chosen by the Lord himself to be his vicar. He was not elected by the other Apostles to preside over the Church. Jesus Christ specifically prayed for Peter. Now, the cardinals, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, seek to choose the man whom the Lord has destined to be the next Pope.


What do we mean by the term "the power of the keys"?

The Lord gave an office uniquely to St. Peter. The"power of the keys" entrusted to him (cf. Matthew16:19) represents this authority. By virtue of his office the Pope possesses supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church, which he is always able to exercise freely.


Why do we call the Pope the Servant of the Servants of God?

The Pope is the head of the College of Bishops. He serves those who serve. When Christ bestowed special gifts on Peter, these were not to be considered or used as special privileges for his own benefit; rather, these special gifts were to be a means of serving others. The Pope's life is spent in imitation of Jesus who came to serve and not to be served.


Why do we call the Pope the Holy Father?

Catholics (and even non-Catholics) refer to the Pope as "Holy Father" or "His Holiness" because these terms reminds us that the Pope is the universal pastor of the Church, into which Christ wants to gather all the children of God into one (cf. John 11:52). The Pope's office has an objective sanctity about it, flowing from its divine institution.


What does conclave mean?

Conclave comes from the Latin words for "with a key," cum clave. The Cardinals are locked "with a key" in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope.