Sede Vacante: Electing a New Pope

Welcome to the Diocese of Providence’s conclave information page.  This page was created to 'Sede vacante' insignia used by Vatican during period between popesprovide the faithful in-depth information about the process by which a new Pope is elected to the Papacy.  Still have a question?  Email us at and we’ll do our very best to answer your inquiry.

On Tuesday, March 12, eligible members of the College of Cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel.  The doors will then be locked and the Cardinals will begin the process of choosing a new Holy Father to lead the Roman Catholic Church.

Please click here for a glossary of Conclave-related terms and here for frequently asked questions
about the process by Popes are elected.  You may also click here for a brief history on the Papacy.

Please also visit the website of the Diocesan newspaper, Rhode Island Catholic for additional news and information.

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