As closely as I can, but that's because it fascinates me. Ofcourse, conclaves never happen on a day's notice, so I suspect that most people just catch up on who is a favored candidate during the sedevacante. No, since we are praying for their intercession, and not worshiping them as we worship God. I'm probably totally wrong about this but angels and archangels are usually God's messengers to mankind (ex. the Annunciation). I don't think that there's one definite hierarchy. I know that Aquinas put together a hierarchy of angels from the New Testament, and I think that St. Gregory the Great formulated another. I'm quite sure that there are others, but I don't know who created them. Probably Te Deum Laudamus Of course, the Pope will always be necessary and terribly important in the Church. I tend to find that Catholics who treat the Pope as nothing more than a traditional figurehead are also ignoring most of the Church's other teachings. Out of Catholics who love their whole faith, devotion and obedience to the Pope usually ranks as pretty important.