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A Papal Succession Primer
An aging and ailing pope is inevitably cause for speculation as to who his successor will be -- and how he will be chosen. The ritual papal election has always attracted special attention, as detailed sacred procedures are followed to secure a legitimate succession of power. Here's a brief outline of how it's done:
When the Pope dies, the head of the Sacred College of Cardinals, or Camerlengo, verifies the death. Standing over the deceased, he calls the pontiff by his baptismal name three times. Upon receiving no response, he announces the death and arranges for the Fisherman's ring -- inscribed with the name of the reigning pope -- and papal seal to be broken. Later, another ring will be made for the newly elected pope. The Camerlengo then prepares for the Pope's burial and the traditional nine days of mourning. Assisted by three officials elected from the college, he directs the election of the pontiff's successor.
Fifteen to 20 days after the death of the Pope, the Sacred College of Cardinals meets for the election. Hailing from every corner of the globe, the cardinals are handpicked by the pope to advise and help him. There are currently 123 voting cardinals.
After a Mass of the Holy Spirit in St. Peter's Basilica, the cardinals enter a guarded annex of the Sistine Chapel for the election process, known as a conclave. Each cardinal swears an oath to protect the secrecy of the election. Breaking the oath carries a penalty of immediate excommunication. Literally locked within the walls of the annex, which is screened for bugging devices, the cardinals are sequestered from any contact with the outside world. Entrances are sealed and curtains closed.
How A Pope Is Chosen
"The flu condition that has afflicted the Holy Father for the past three days deteriorated tonight with an acute laryngospasm. For this reason, it was decided to urgently take the Pope to the Gemelli hospital," a Vatican statement said.
Laryngospasm is a closure of the larynx that blocks the passage of air to the lungs.
Originally posted by dh
When the smoke goes up, the new Pope will only be the imprint of the world catholic populace
Originally posted by FredT
It is a sub optimal procedure unless done in the oeprating room. Having had to perform just such a procedure in a copter
, its big time pucker factor. For emergency use you use a 14 F angiocath (needle)
Originally posted by Asteroid
God bless the Pope, is he the last Pope? I understand the next one will be the Anti- Christ and we got to watch out, because this guy the next Pope , who ever he is will apparently destroy the World. Any one heard anything about this Anti-Christ business its a bit scary. May be a fleet of Aliens with UFOs will come and run a shuttle service between Planets and save us and take us all to another Planet and start all over again.
Originally posted by Nygdan
use you use a 14 F angiocath (needle)Oh, so instead of slashing, you had to stab someone on the throat with a needle! Jezus. Remind me not to complain about my job.
ROME - Pope John Paul II spent a restful night in hospital, Italian news reports said Wednesday, a day after he was rushed to a hospital with breathing difficulties. The 84-year-old pontiff had been battling the flu for several days.
The pontiff rested "quite well," news agency ANSA said, quoting an unnamed Vatican source. The news agency Apcom also reported that the pope had spent a "quiet night."
The pope was being treated Wednesday for respiratory problems in Rome's Gemelli Polyclinic, after being taken there late Tuesday.
Pope Said Spent Restful Night in Hospital