Fortunately popular culture has learnt a lot about how to best promote the previously dull selection process.
We now know that to succeed to the top today's candidate cardinals must be brash, arrogant and have ready-prepared cheesy but memorable sound bites. And if your recruiting for a successor, what you also need is the assistance of Nick and Margaret.
11 Cardinals, 1 Papacy, but which one has what it takes to become... The Pope.
Heading to Rome, 11 ambitious cardinals keen to lead the Catholic Church.
8AM. The Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI will see you now.