An unidentified Cardinal walking toward the Domus Santa Martha, the hotel where the Cardinals live during the Conclave. Many Cardinals cruise the streets of Rome by chauffered car; but some prefer the old fashioned method of transportation. Photo by Rene Shaw.
(RNS) What are the rules for electing a new pope? They're not much different after a pope dies or resigns. Pope Benedict XVI modified the rules in 2007, following a major overhaul by Pope John Paul II in 1996.