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CONCLAVE: THE ELECTION OF THE POPE

CONCLAVE: THE ELECTION OF THE POPE

Conclave is the name given to the procedure used to elect the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. The same term is used to refer to the place in which the cardinals assemble to cast their votes. The term Conclave comes from the Latin words cum (with) and clavis...