Conclave to Elect the Next Pope

sede-vacantePope Benedict XVI stepped down at the end of February. The Holy See, the Chair of Peter, is now sede vacante, indicated by the image to the right.


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has provided parishes with a prayer for the election of a new pope and some information about the election process.


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Prayer for the Election of a New Pope

O God, eternal shepherd,
who govern your flock with unfailing care,
grant in your boundless fatherly love a pastor for your Church
who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



Click here to learn how a new pope is chosen.