March 4 - Roman Catholic cardinals pray together at the Vatican as they gather for talks to decide when to start a conclave to choose the next pope. Sarah Sheffer reports.
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Cardinals arrive Monday morning at the Vatican.
They're here for a general congregation to prepare for the upcoming closed-door papal conclave that will determine who among them will become the Roman Catholic Church's next leader.
There is much speculation on which region the next pope might come from, with contenders hailing from around the globe.
But cardinals never reveal publicly who they prefer as pontiff.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH CARDINAL CARLOS AMIGO VALLEJO, SAYING:
"Whichever priest, whichever Christian who could be elected would be perfectly accepted into the church because I think this is one of our great values."
Vatican experts say the new pope could be elected next week and officially installed several days later to preside over Holy Week ceremonies, starting with Palm Sunday on March 24 and culminating in Easter the following Sunday.
Pope Benedict left the Church in a state of shock when he announced last month that he would resign instead of ruling for life.