Conclave - 2013 - Overview
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Background Info |
General Congregations are preparatory meetings held before the conclave begins. (UDG #7-13)
- 1st: Monday 4 March, 9.3a to 12.3n
102 Cardinal Electors (plus 40 other Cardinals) were present
Particular Congregation established with the drawing of lots. The three assistants are: Cardinals Giovanni Battista Re (Cardinal Bishop), Crescenzio Sepe (Cardinal Priest), and Franc Rodé, C.M. (Cardinal Deacon). (They will serve for 3 days and then be replaced.)
- 2nd: Monday 4 March, 5p to 7p
5 additional Cardinal Electors were present
- 3rd: Tuesday 5 March, 9.3a to 12.4n
3 additional Cardinal Electors (plus 4 other Cardinals) were present
That is a total of 110 Cardinal Electors (148 total Cardinals).
- 4th: Wednesday 6 March, 9.3a to 12.4n
3 additional Cardinal Electors (plus 1 other Cardinal) were present
That is a total of 113 Cardinal Electors (153 total Cardinals).
Only 2 of the Cardinal Electors that are expected have not yet arrived:
- 5th: Thursday 7 March, 9.3a
Particular Congregation members change with the three new assistants being: Cardinals Béchara Boutros Raï, O.M.M. (Cardinal Bishop), Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya (Cardinal Priest), and Velasio De Paolis, C.S. (Cardinal Deacon). (They will serve for 3 days and then be replaced.)
1 additional Cardinal Elector (plus 1 other Cardinal) were present
- 6th: Thursday 7 March, 5p to 7p
All of the Cardinal Electors were present.
- 7th: Friday 8 March, 9.3a to 12.3n
115 Cardinal Electors were present and a total of 153 Cardinals.
- 8th: Friday 8 March, 5p to 7p
Conclave start date is set for the afternoon of Tuesday 12 March 2013.
145 Cardinals attended.
- 9th: Saturday 9 March, 9.3a to 12.3n
Cardinal Electors drew lots to select their rooms at Domus Sanctae Marthae
- 10th: Monday 11 March, 9.3a to 12.4n
Final General Congregation before the Conclave
Particular Congregation members change with the three new assistants being: Cardinals Antonios Naguib (Cardinal Bishop), Marc Ouellet, P.S.S. (Cardinal Priest), and Francesco Monterisi (Cardinal Deacon). (They will serve for 3 days and then be replaced.)
152 Cardinals attended.
Dates, Times, and Details
Hint: If the smoke is substantially early (an hour or more), it is very likely to be White.
Results / The New Pope
|Tuesday 12 March 2013||7.41p||Black Smoke|
|Wednesday 13 March 2013||11.38a||Black Smoke|
|Wednesday 13 March 2013||7.06p||White Smoke|
|Wednesday 13 March 2013||8.12p||Introduction of Pope Francis|
For clarity, 12n and 12m are used to indicated 12 noon and 12 midnight, respectively.
UDG = Universi Dominici Gregis, issued on 22 Feb 1996 by Pope John Paul II. Modified twice by Pope Benedict XVI: 11 Jun 2007 (unnamed Motu Proprio) and 22 Feb 2013 (Motu Proprio Normas Nonnullas). The document on the Vatican website.