One of these men will (probably) be the new pope
Curious what Pope Benedict XVI‘s immediate successor will look like? Almost certainly he will be chosen from among the 117 Cardinal-electors pictured below. A cardinal must be below the age of 80 to vote and participate in the conclave.
While a person does not need to be a cardinal to be elected, it has become the norm to elect the pope from among that group. The last pope who was not a cardinal yet when elected was Pope Urban VI in 1378.
The last man elected pope who was not even a priest yet was Pope Leo X in 1513, though he was a cardinal-deacon at the time.
Information from the Catholic News Service was used in this report.