When the Scrutineers have tabulated the results, and the Revisers have verified them, they are announced. A super majority of two-thirds of those actually voting is required to elect, unless the special provisions for a difficult election have been invoked.
If less than two-thirds of the votes have been cast for the same person,
or less than the majority required by the special provisions for a
deadlocked conclave, an election has not occurred. If it was the first
ballot of the session the Electors proceed to vote again. After the
second ballot the ballots of both sessions are burned, whether an
election occurs or not.
If two-thirds of the votes have been cast for the same person, or the
majority required by the special provisions for a deadlocked conclave)
an election has occurred. The Scrutineers, with the assistance of the
Secretary of the Conclave and the Masters of Ceremony, who are
re-admitted to the Conclave at this point, proceed to burn the ballots.
After the junior Cardinal Deacon has re-admitted the Secretary of the
College and the Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies, the Cardinal
Dean, or, the Cardinal who is first in order and seniority, goes to the
one elected and asks,
Do you accept your canonical election as Supreme Pontiff?
By giving consent, the one elected, provided he holds the episcopal
order, immediately becomes the Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff. If
the one elected is not present, he would have to be summoned. If not a
bishop he would have to be ordained one before proceeding.
The Cardinal Dean then asks,
By what name do you wish to be called?
The Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies, with the witness of the two
Masters of Ceremonies (who are now summoned), draw up a document
certifying the consent of the one elected and the name he has chosen.
Following certain formalities prescribed in the ritual for the Conclave,
each Cardinal comes forward in turn and makes an act of homage and
obedience to the new Pope. An act of thanksgiving is then made by all
Following the vesting of the Pope the senior Cardinal Deacon announces
from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica to those gathered in the Square Habemus papam
(we have a pope) and the name he has chosen. The newly elected Pope
then comes out to address and bless the City and the World (Urbi et
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