All those blood red robes. A ritual for almost two millenia. The largest organization in the world choosing a leader in absolute secrecy. There's something really cool about that.
For all the downsides of the medieval aspect of most religions ('King of Kings, Lord of Lords' runs counter to the egalitarian, democratic spirit of the modern world), this *conclave* is straight out of the 14th century -- in a good way. What a word: conclave. This is like watching a solar eclipse. It's just really freaking cool.