Papal Conclave: By the numbers

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115

Number of cardinal electors in the conclave to elect the new pope

67

Number of cardinal electors appointed by Benedict XVI

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48

    Number of cardinal electors appointed by John Paul II

    77

    Number of votes to be elected pope (2/3 of 115, rounded up)

    48

    Number of countries cardinal electors come from

    28

    Number of cardinal electors from Italy, which has the largest contingent

    11

    Number of cardinal electors from the United States, the second-largest

    35

    Number of countries that have one elector each

    53

    Age of the youngest cardinal elector, Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of India

    80

    Age of the oldest cardinal elector, Walter Kasper of Germany (Kasper turned 80 on March 5 but is allowed to be an elector because he was under 80 when the papal throne became vacant)

    58

    Age of Pope John Paul II at election in 1978

    26.5 years

    Length of John Paul II's reign

    78

    Age of Pope Benedict XVI at election in 2005

    Nearly 8 years

    Length of Benedict XVI's reign