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Papal Conclave: By the numbers

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The conclave in numbers

115

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

67

Number of cardinal electors appointed by Benedict XVI

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

Journalist Noah Gray contributed to this report.

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