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Cardinals resume meetings at Vatican

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 - 00:47

March 7 - Cardinals resume twice daily meetings at the Vatican as part of their preparations to elect a new pope. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Cardinals began arriving for the fourth day of pre-conclave meetings at the Vatican on Thursday (March 7) as they deliberate over who amongst them will become the next pope. All of the 115 cardinal-electors are expected to be present for the first time, spurring rumours that the date for the start of the conclave may soon be announced. The general congregations, closed-door meetings in the interregnum between a papacy and the conclave to choose the next one, will resume being held in the morning and afternoon in an effort to discuss as much as possible in a short time. The list of challenges facing the crisis-hit Church could take weeks to debate. But the Vatican seems keen to have only a week of talks; so the cardinal electors -- those under 80 -- can enter the Sistine Chapel for the conclave next week. High on the agenda will be Church governance after last year's Vatileaks scandal exposed corruption and rivalries in the Vatican's Curia bureaucracy. Cardinals expect to be briefed on a secret report to the pope on the problems it highlighted.

Cardinals resume meetings at Vatican

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 - 00:47

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