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Cardinals involved in the conclave can now have rooms with modern facilities such as ensuite bathrooms thanks to a new guesthouse built in the 1990s on John Paul’s orders. Previously cardinals – many elderly – had makeshift accommodation within the Apostolic Palace.


Domus Sanctae Marthae The new lodgings are a short distance from the Sistine Chapel

Cardinals lead the procession as John Paul’s body is taken to lie in state Not all of the 183 cardinals take part in the conclave


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