Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, center, talks
to other cardinals after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation
Monday at the Vatican.
The new pope will be elected by the College of Cardinals, a body of around 120 men. They will vote at a special meeting, called a Papal Conclave, after Benedict’s resignation on Feb. 28. Those under the age of 80 will be eligible to vote in ballots at the Sistine Chapel. The vote is secret and conducted amid tight security.