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In light of the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, effective February 28, the Vatican’s College of Cardinals will have to choose a successor. If a replacement is not chosen by then, by law, the temporary leader of the Roman Catholic Church would be Cardinal Camerlengo, currently Tarcisio Bertone.
The College of Cardinals is comprised of 120 cardinals, (although there may be more or less at any given time) under the age of 80 years old. For example, only 115 cardinals were present at the voting of Pope Benedict XVI. They are all bishops elected to the position by the pope at some point whose primary job is to elect a new pope whenever the previous one passes on or in Pope Benedict’s rare case — resigns. No earlier than 15 days and no later than 20 days, the cardinals must meet in conclave at the Sistine Chapel after taking a vow of secrecy…
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