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November 19, 2016. 13 of them are under the age of 80, and thus able to vote in a hypothetical conclave, and four of them are non-electors.

Non-voting participants in conclave take oath of secrecy

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CARD. TARCISIO BERTONE
Camerlengo

“God, Omnipotent. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

The ceremony, led by the Camerlengo Tarcisio Bertone, included about 90 people, both clergy and lay people.

Among the key figures are Msgr. Guido Marini, he is the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations for the conclave, and will preside over all liturgical ceremonies, like the morning Mass at the Pauline Chapel.

MSGR. GUIDO MARINI
Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies

“So God help me, and with this Gospel which I place my hand upon.”

In addition to him, there are four other individuals tasked with helping him with these events. They include two Master of Ceremonies, who hand out the ballots, and two religious attached to the Papal Sacristy. All four must also take the oath.

Another important non-cardinal allowed inside the Sistine Chapel will be the secretary of the College of Cardinals, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri. He will function as the secretary for the papal electors.

All six will take part in the Conclave, but they must leave the Sistine Chapel before the actual voting takes place.

In addition to these six people allowed inside the Sistine Chapel, there are a number that will have constant contact with the cardinals. They include the people who serve them meals, and the housekeeping staff at Santa Marta, the bus drivers taking them to the Sistine Chapel, the priests available for confessions, and doctors and nurses on hand for medical emergencies. There are also several handymen and security personnel that took the oath.

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