Vatican Announces Conclave to Begin on Tuesday


        (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) March 8, 2013 - After five days of meetings, the College of Cardinals has voted to hold a Conclave to elect the next Pope on Tuesday, March 12. The Cardinals will celebrate a Mass For the Election of a New Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning and in the afternoon the Cardinals will enter into the Conclave. There will be 115 Cardinal Electors selecting the next Pope.

            Currently, the Catholic Church is in a Sede Vacante which is Latin and translate to "vacant see," meaning that the see (or the diocese of) Rome is without a bishop. The Pope is considered the Bishop of Rome.

            The Diocese of Palm Beach wishes to keep its Catholic family and the public informed of the latest information on Benedict XVI’s resignation, the upcoming Conclave, Papal transition and the selection a new Pope. The diocese has a special related Sede Vacante web page on its website that contains the latest news, information of interest, prayers and special links. To view the detailed Sede Vacante and Papal Transition web page, please visit

            The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 280,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its 20 schools, which include 14 Catholic Elementary schools, three high schools, two private elementary schools, and two preschools.


To view our detailed Sede Vacante and Papal Transition web page, please click here


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