The College of Cardinals Doesn't Get Spring Break

While you are enjoying Spring Break, the Catholic Church's College of Cardinals is hard at work choosing the next Pope. This doesn't happen very often, only when a Pope dies or resigns. Popes don't usually resign, but Benedict XVI did in February. The last time that happened was 1415. So now, the cardinals lock themselves in a room and vote to select a new Pope. The process can last for days. Way more stressful than that midterm exam you are trying to forget.

You can learn more about the Pope, papal selection and anything else that interests you using Credo Reference, the library's new learning/discovery platform. Start learning with Credo's Papacy topic page.

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