translation of Card. Sodano's letter to Cardinal electors
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My translation:
Card. Sodano Wrote:From the Vatican, March 1, 2013

Sir Cardinal,

In accordance to what the Apostolic Constitution "Universi dominici gregis" (Feb. 22, 1996) §19 prescribes for the case of the death of the Supreme Pontiff, it is my duty to communicate officially to Your Eminence the news of the vacancy of the Apostolic See due to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, effective last evening, February 28, at 8 PM in Rome.

It is my duty to communicate to you when it proceeds and to summon Your Eminence to the first of the general Congregations of the College of Cardinals on Monday, March 4, at 9:30 AM in the Paul VI auditorium, Hall of the Synod of Bishops.

We will then commence said general Congregations until we reach the complete number of Cardinal electors and the College of Cardinals decides the date of the entrance into the Conclave of said Cardinals electors, based on the prescription of the of the recent motu proprio of February 22 regarding some modifications of the norms pertaining to the election of the Roman Pontiff.

On my part, I am happy to take this occasion to give you my fraternal greetings.

Cordially, in Domino,
Angelo Card. Sodano
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#2
Hey thats interesting...what modifications have been done to the conclave?
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#3
iirc, BXVI made some changes, but I don't recall what they were.

Something about the number of votes needed to elect a pope ?
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(03-01-2013, 05:23 PM)Whitey Wrote: iirc, BXVI made some changes, but I don't recall what they were.

Something about the number of votes needed to elect a pope ?
oooooooooooooooooo the plot thickens!
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#5
Benedict XVI Pope Emeritus changed the required number for election to two thirds. Along with a few other things. You can read it here.
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/motu-pr...an-pontiff

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#6
The restoration of needing 2/3 was done in 2007.

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2007/06/benedict-...gislation/
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#7
that is interesting...you think he was laying the groundwork for what he was about to do???? interesting indeed.
what was it before?.
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#8
(03-01-2013, 05:40 PM)JoeVoxxPop Wrote: that is interesting...you think he was laying the groundwork for what he was about to do???? interesting indeed.
what was it before?.

I'm not sure of the whole history of the 2/3 rule, but it was in place when JPII was elected--2/3 was absolutely necessary. JPII during his pontificate added a contingency that said if a Pope wasn't elected by 2/3 after a certain number of ballots, then all that was needed was a majority. While this helped ensure conclaves did not take too long, it made the 2/3 rather pointless, as a majority could just hold out through enough ballots until their simple majority would win. 
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