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By Apostolic Succession. That is the laying down of hands at the ordination to bishop (the last 'step' of the threefold ordination). Then a bishop is created cardinal by the current pope. One of these cardinals is to be elected pope during the big meeting after the death of a pope. E.g. Cardinal Ratzinger had been elected as pope Benedict XIV.

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