Place where the cardinals* assemble to elect a pope*; also, the assembly itself. The conclave begins 15 to 18 days after a pope's death or reisgnation. A large part of the Vatican is walled off and divided into rooms of cells. All entrances except one are closed, not to be opened till an election is made. Each cardinal may take with him a secy. and a servant (conclavist) sworn to secrecy.
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