In recent years, the Church has allowed surrogates to assist during the Mass. These assistants help with various functions during the daily Masses, marriage ceremonies, baptisms, funerals, and also in maintaining the physical buildings of the parish. In addition, they assist with outreach into the community.
The overall mission of the Church is best summed up by Pope Emeritus Benedict when he called for re-proposing the Gospel "to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization."
Just what are the teachings of Christ? They are found throughout the Gospels. Examples are Christ recognizing the faith of the blind man while returning the gift of sight. Other pronouncements include: "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's". Jesus told the rich man to lay down his wealth and follow Him in order to secure a place in the afterlife. The rich man went away.
During the conclave, the cardinals will cast a series of ballots to select a new pope. Members of the conclave could put forward a popular candidate who might prevail early. Otherwise, the cardinals will be searching for a candidate who best exemplifies all of the above. There may be an emphasis on the candidate's philosophy, pastoral work and writing in the area of the new Evangelization.