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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pope Selection Updated

VATICAN CITY () -- Pope John Paul on Friday issued an updated code for electing Popes, introducing modern comforts for cardinals and reaffirming rules against electronic bugging and cellular phones to safeguard the conclave's secrecy.


In his apostolic constitution, the Pope reaffirmed that cardinals 80 and older cannot enter a conclave to elect a Pope. He also kept the upper limit of cardinal-electors to 120.


Conclaves are called to elect a new Pope between 15 and 20 days after the death of a reigning Pontiff.


The Pope ruled that while balloting will still take place in the Sistine Chapel, the cardinals will reside in a new residence in Vatican City.


The document also reaffirmed strict rules of secrecy which forbid cardinals from bringing electronic equipment into the conclave.