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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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When the smiling Albino Luciani became Pope John Paul I on August 26, 1978, after one of the shortest modern Conclaves, our then Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster Basil Hume, told us that the new Pope was God's choice.
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