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The Schedule for the Conclave

Jeffrey Bruno 2013
Much of the conclave takes place in the Sistine Chapel
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Read about what the Cardinals will be doing while in conclave

Here is an explanation of what the Cardinals will be doing while in conclave.

 
Motu Proprio Normas nonnullas:
No. 70 § 2. "The Scrutineers add up all the votes that each individual has received, and if no one has obtained at least two thirds of the votes on that ballot, the Pope has not been elected; if however it turns out that someone has obtained at least two thirds of the votes, the canonically valid election of the Roman Pontiff has taken place."
 
SCHEMA:
 
“Quodsi contingit, ut Cardinales electores cum difficultate de persona eligendi concordia ineant consilia”: As history warns us, it may happen that the Cardinal electors find it difficult to agree on the person to be elected. Here, then, are the norms established in the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici gregis regarding the days, the series of ballots and the various majorities required in the event that the election is not successful in identifying a new Supreme Pontiff.
 
Schematically:
 
Day I                                       morning                                               afternoon
                                   Missa pro eligendo Papa                              1st scrutiny
 
Day II                                     morning                                               afternoon
                                     2nd and 3rd scrutiny                              4th and 5th scrutiny
 
Day III                                    morning                                               afternoon
                                     6th and 7th scrutiny                              8th and 9th scrutiny
 
Day IV                                     morning                                               afternoon
                                    10th and 11th scrutiny                          12th and 13th scrutiny
           
Day V: Voting is suspended to allow a pause for prayer, informal discussion among the voters, and a brief spiritual exhortation given by the senior Cardinal in the Order of Deacons.

Day VI                                      morning                                               afternoon
                                     14th and 15th scrutiny                          16th and 17th scrutiny
 
Day VII                                     morning                                               afternoon
                                     18th and 19th scrutiny                                   20th scrutiny
 
Voting is again suspended to allow a pause for prayer, informal discussion among the voters, and a brief spiritual exhortation given by the senior Cardinal in the Order of Priests. This pause should not take up an entire day, but only the remainder of the afternoon of the VII day after the one ballot has been cast.
 
Day VIII                                    morning                                               afternoon
                                     21st and 22nd scrutiny                            23rd and 24th scrutiny
 
Day IX                                       morning                                               afternoon
                                      25th and 26th scrutiny                                  27th scrutiny
 
Once more, voting is suspended to allow a pause for prayer, informal discussion among the voters, and a brief spiritual exhortation given by the senior Cardinal in the Order of Bishops. This pause as well should not take up an entire day, but only the remainder of day IX after the one afternoon ballot has been cast.
 
Day X                                        morning                                               afternoon
                                      28th and 29th      scrutiny                      30th and 31st scrutiny
 
Day XI                                        morning                                               afternoon
                                      32nd and 33rd scrutiny                                 34th scrutiny
 
***
After the 34th ballot on day XI, voting proceeds according to the new paragraph 75, which has been modified by the Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio Normas nonnullas, on certain modifications to the norms governing the election of the Roman Pontiff – Benedict XVI, 22 February 2013:
 
No. 75. "If the balloting mentioned in Nos. 72, 73 and 74 of the aforementioned Constitution does not result in an election, one day shall be dedicated to prayer, reflection and dialogue; in the successive balloting, observing the order established in No. 74 of the same Constitution, only the two names which received the greatest number of votes in the previous scrutiny, will have passive voice. There can be no waiving of the requirement that, in these ballots too, for a valid election to take place there must be a clear majority of at least two thirds of the votes of the Cardinals present and voting. In these ballots the two names having passive voice do not have active voice."

Daily Schedule
 
 
First Day
 
3:45 PM          Transfer from the Domus Santae Marthae to the Apostolic Palace
 
4:30 PM          Procession to the Pauline Chapel and entrance into the Sistine Chapel
 
4:45 PM          Taking of the oath, meditation and possible scrutiny
 
7:15 PM          Vespers in the Sistine Chapel
 
7:30 PM          Transfer to the Domus Santae Marthae
 
8:00 PM          Dinner
 
 
The Other Days
 
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM             Breakfast
 
7:45 AM                                 Transfer to the Pauline Chapel
 
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM            Holy Mass in the Pauline Chapel
 
9:30 AM                                 Terce and scrutinies in the Sistine Chapel
 
12:30 PM                               Transfer to the Domus Santae Marthae
 
1:00 PM                                  Lunch
 
4:00 PM                                  Transfer to the Apostolic Palace
 
4:50 PM                                  Scrutinies in the Sistine Chapel
 
7:15 PM                                  Vespers in the Sistine Chapel
 
7:30 PM                                  Transfer to the Domus Santae Marthae
 
8:00 PM                                  Dinner

 

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