posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 01:08 PM
I wonder if they still strike him over the head with a hammer three times?
camerlengo (chamberlain) officially confirms his death
Funeral rites last nine days
Popes are laid to rest in the crypt underneath St. Peter's Basilica
The conclave to elect a new pope starts in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel between 15 and 20 days after the death
120 cardinals under the age of 80 are eligible to vote. They need a majority of at least two-thirds plus one to elect him
The world will know a pope has been elected when an official burns the paper ballots with special chemicals to make white smoke pour out of the
Soon afterwards, the dean of the College of Cardinals steps on to the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to announce to the crowds in the square
"Habemus Papam" ("We have a Pope").
[edit on 4/1/05 by andrew817]