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Catholic cardinals meeting in Rome today expected to set date for conclave

Catholic cardinals meeting in Rome today expected to set date for conclave
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Friday, March 8, 2013 - 9:24am

The Catholic cardinals gathered in Rome and are expected to  vote later Friday on the date for the secret election, or conclave, to elect a new pope, a Vatican spokesman said.

The conclave is not expected to begin before Monday but could start some time next week, said the Rev. Federico Lombardi.

There will be 115 cardinal-electors taking part in the conclave, the Vatican confirmed. Only those younger than 80 are eligible to vote.

 

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