Your guide to the forthcoming (s)elections of new leaders in these venerable institutions.

Vatican/ Jockey Club election guide
12 March 2013

A lay-member's guide to the forthcoming (s)election of a new leader:

  Catholic Church Hong Kong Jockey Club
Leader: The Pope The Board of Stewards, who elect a Chairman
Elected by: 115 male cardinals under 80 years of age 200 mostly-male Voting Members under 70 years of age
Who appoints the electors? The Pope The Board of Stewards
Do other members have a vote? No No
Signal a leader has been elected: Puff of white smoke from Sistine Chapel Puff of cigar smoke from Jockey Club Boardroom
Upon retirement, an elector becomes: Cardinal emeritus Honorary Voting Member
Funded by: Collections from churchgoers and investment returns Take-out from race-goers and investment returns
Customer service: Churches all over town Outlets all over town
Busiest on: Sundays Wednesdays and Sundays
Special days: Christmas Day, Easter Sunday Boxing Day, Easter Monday
Promotes itself by: Building schools and clinics Building schools and clinics
Membership growth from: Procreation Recreation
Scandalised by: Child abuse Bribes for membership
Headquarters: Vatican City, a large tract of land in the middle of Rome Happy Valley, a large tract of land in the middle of Hong Kong
Weekend retreat: Castel Gandolfo Beas River Country Club
Status: Sovereign city-state, member of UN Lots, which is why membership is so valuable
Dress code: Red for cardinals, crucifix Jacket and tie, fancy badge on lapel and car

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