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a. the closed apartments where the college of cardinals elects a new pope
b. a meeting of the college of cardinals for this purpose



an assembly of cardinals convened after the death of the pope in Rome for the election of a new pope.

The assembly meets in quarters isolated from the outside world (the doors are sealed shut). The election is carried out by secret ballot. To be elected, a candidate must receive at least one more than two-thirds of the vote. The quarters are opened only after the election of a new pope. This arrangement was approved at the Second Council of Lyon in 1274.

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It was, in fact, an anticipation of what will almost surely be the next great Vatican event: the conclave, when cardinals from all over the world gather in the Sistine Chapel to elect a successor to John Paul II.
Nearly every pope this century has revised the rules for papal conclaves, which occur immediately following the death - or in rare cases, resignation - of a pontiff.
In this century, conclaves have occurred on the average every 12 years or so: 1903, 1914, 1922, 1939, 1958, 1963 and 1978.