The much-anticipated conclave begins today for the election of the next pope. See the graphic below for more details of the proceedings that will take place. One interesting bit of information from this graph was on how long the last six conclaves took. For Benedict XVI it took 2 days with 4 ballots, John Paul II took 2 days with 8 ballots, John Paul I took 1 day with 4 ballots, Paul VI took 2 days with 6 ballots, John XXIII took three days with 11 ballots, and Pius XII took 1 day with 3 ballots. If this is any gauge the conclave will probably be relatively short (2-3 days). (HT: Catholic Bibles) (As always, someone has a different set of facts. In this case see here for a slightly different calculation of the previous conclaves.)

Conclave