Monday, March 11, 2013

History of Conclaves: Vatican Radio

                                         Image found on cnn news. Workers prepare Sistine Chapel with smokestack for coming conclave.

History of conclaves : lost in the mists of time... 

 (Vatican Radio) The early history of conclaves seems to be lost in the mists of time. As our historian Stella Fletcher tells us, they first date back to the 13th century. However if one should look at the chronology of conclaves, there might be an element of Chinese whispers involved:
“…stories associated with Rome could be transferred to Viterbo and vice versa…From 1179 onwards cardinals were the only electors of popes as decided at the third Lateran Council. And voting took place by majority of two thirds for a result to be valid. Conclaves by contrast seem to have come about by accident. In 1241, Pope Gregory IX died and the cardinals met it seems initially at San Gregorio Magno. At that point in history the Emperor Frederick II was based at Grottaferrata and his troops were ravaging the Roman campagna….

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