Cardinals celebrate Mass ahead of a conclave to choose a new pope. Andrew Raven reports.
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Hundreds of people pack into a church in Rome for a glimpse of this man - Angelo Scola.
The Italian cardinal is widely seen as a leading candidate to become the next leader of the Roman Catholic church.
On Sunday, he and several other contenders for the papacy celebrated Masses across Rome.
The appearances come just two days before church leaders open a secret ballot to elect a new pope.
The contenders included Brazil's Odilo Scherer, who will be among the 115 cardinals participating in the conclave.
SOUNDBITE)(Portuguese) BRAZILIAN CARDINAL ODILO PEDRO SCHERER, SAYING:
"We're all preparing for the conclave because we need to make the right decision, to decide who is going to be the new pope, the successor to St. Peter."
Meanwhile, many of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics are anxiously awaiting a new leader.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) VISITOR FROM THE NORTHEASTER CITY OF PADUA, ANTONIA FRASSON, SAYING:
"We feel a little lost, frankly. We can feel that something is missing, something is missing."
With the conclave set to open Tuesday, many experts are predicting a new pope will be in place by the weekend.
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