Tuesday, March 12

The Conclave

The word "conclave" comes from the Latin meaning "with key". It is a church tradition that began in 1268 when local officials became so fed up with the lack of a decision among cardinals — they had deliberated for more than two years — that they locked them away with limited food and water to encourage a result.

No conclave has lasted more than five days in the past century, with most finishing within two or three days.

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