Cardinal DiNardo makes history as conclave begins

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 5:40 PM

ROME - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, made history Tuesday as the first Texas cardinal to vote in a papal conclave.

Discussions on who should be selected as the next pope will continue Wednesday. The cardinals may vote up to four times a day until a candidate is selected.

Here are a few more facts about the process:

- Conclaves usually last less than a week, but the longest conclave ever lasted nearly three years.

- Modern day popes have been older, but there have actually been three under the age of 25. One was just 18 years old.

- Catholics believe the longest reigning pope was St. Peter, the first pontiff. He is said to have served for 35 years, from the death of Jesus to his own crucifixion in Rome when he was in his 60s.

KHOU 11 News Anchor Ron Trevino is in Rome covering the historic event. He talked with a priest from Houston, who witnessed DiNardo and the other cardinals take the oath of secrecy before the conclave began. Watch the video above for the interview.

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