"Why were there some
periods in Church history where we went a year or longer without a Pope?"
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Over the two thousand
year history of the Church, various periods saw an interregnum of a year or
longer. This may have occurred due to unsafe conditions in
Rome, instabilities, unrest, etc. Remember that it hasn't been until
recently that there were faxes or phones or Internet or airplanes, so even the news of the
death of a pope was not immediate as it is today.
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