Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Next pope will need at least 77 conclave votes

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Vatican City, March 8 - The next pope will have to
win the votes of at least 77 of the 155 cardinals taking part in
the upcoming conclave, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said
Friday.
Benedict XVI, who stepped down as pope last week, changed
the rules of the conclave so that a two-thirds majority is
needed for a cardinal to become pontiff.
The 85-year-old only needed a simple majority of over half
of the cardinals to be elected at the 2005 conclave that took
place after John Paul II's death.
The figure needed to win a two-thirds majority has changed
slight after the number of cardinal electors dropped from 117
when two pulled out.
Lombardi said Friday that the cardinals had accepted the
withdrawal of Indonesian Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja and
British Cardinal Keith O'Brien.
Darmaatmadja, 78, the archbishop emeritus of Jakarta, will
not attend due to poor health.
O'Brien resigned as archbishop of Scotland after admitting
to inappropriate sexual conduct in the 1980s with a number of
seminarists.

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