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When will we have a new Pope?

When the Pope dies (or resigns), the Cardinals of the Cathlic Church convene a Papal Conclave to elect the Pope's successor. This mysterious procedure culminates in the fumata, traditionally the burning of the ballots. Black smoke indicates that the ballot was inconclusive, while white smoke indicates that a new Pope has been elected.

This question resolves as the first date and time (after question launch, before 2036-12-17) at which white smoke is emitted from the building in which a Papal Conclave is meeting.

If the Catholic Church or Papacy dissolves during or in the wake of Pope Francis' papacy, question resolves ambiguous. However, if both institutions are remain effectively intact, this question closes on 2036-12-17 (Pope Francis' 100th birthday). Should Pope Francis still be alive and Pope at that time, this question resolves as >2036-12-17.


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