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The Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana, His Eminence, Peter Cardinal K. Appiah Turkson will be part of the Cardinals who will be going into Conclave to elect a new Pope after the resignation of the immediate past Pope, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict XVI stepped down last month after nearly eight years in office, becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. The 85-year-old attributed his resignation to his failing health. He resigned from the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to him by the Cardinals on 19th April 2005, on the 28th February 2013, at 20:00 hours.

There are currently 203 cardinals from 69 countries. The rules of the Conclave were changed in 1975 to exclude all cardinals over the age of 80 from voting. The maximum number of cardinal electors is 120.

The vote will be preceded by Mass on Tuesday morning, 12th March, 2013, with the first ballot due in the afternoon, the Vatican press office has said. After all the Cardinals have celebrated a Mass for the election of a new Pope in St Peter's Basilica in the morning, the 115 electors will then process into the Sistine Chapel later that afternoon.

Out of the 115 cardinals, 60 are from Europe, 19 from South America, 14 from North America, 11 from Africa, 10 from Asia and 1 from Australia. Under the rules of the secret ballot, or Conclave, Cardinals will vote until one achieves a two-thirds majority.

The chancellor of the University, His Eminence, Peter Cardinal K. Appiah Turkson was part of the last election in 2005 and is part of the election beginning tomorrow.

He is considered by many media houses as a potential Pope as the Cardinals go into conclave to elect the new Pope.

The University community wishes the Roman Catholic Church and all the Cardinals the Lord’s grace and guidance as the Church goes through this period.

Published on: 11th March, 2013.

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