Vatican Conclave Rituals

February 16, 2013 - 11:30 AM
FILE -- In this photo from files taken on April 18, 2005 and released by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinals walk in procession to the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, at the beginning of the conclave. Next month's conclave to elect the 266th leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics will have all the trappings of papal elections past, with the added twist that the this time around the current pope is still very much alive. The conclave begins with the cardinals in their red cassocks processing into the Sistine Chapel, chanting the hypnotic Litany of Saints or Veni Creator imploring the intervention of the Holy Spirit as they take their places before Michelangelo's "Last Judgment." (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, ho)