According to the Huffington Post, the first vote for the new Pope will be held, March 12, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The cardinals are gathering in Vatican City to prepare to vote.
Cardinals gathered from near and far in Vatican City on March 9 in preparation to vote on the new successor after Pope Benedict XVI resigned as pope February 28.
Correspondent, George Weigel indicated that the new pope’s qualifications should include his ability to defend religious freedom for all. Another papal expert says the pope should have skills in evangelism.
The conclave consists of 115 cardinals who will vote for the new pope and 77 votes are needed for the new pope to be elected. If a pope is elected, smoke will be sent out from the smoke stacks so the public will know the results of the vote.
If the smoke is black that means no pope, and if the smoke is white that means a pope has been elected.
Priest gathered in front of St. Peters to pray on March 8 before the conclave meets to vote for the first time.
The bar is set high for the next pope. The pope holds the highest office of the Catholic Church; he is a world leader. We predict the next pope to be vastly different from the last one.