Vatican says papal conclave to start Tuesday
ASSOCIATED PRESS March 8, 2013 8:22AM
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, second from right, and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, right, walk past two Swiss guards as they leave after a meeting at the Vatican, Friday, March 8, 2013 The Vatican says the conclave to elect a new pope will likely start in the first few days of next week. The Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters that cardinals will vote Friday afternoon on the start date of the conclave but said it was "likely" they would choose Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The cardinals have been attending pre-conclave meetings to discuss the problems of the church and decide who among them is best suited to fix them as pope. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Updated: March 8, 2013 11:23AM
VATICAN CITY — Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope.
The Vatican press office said the decision was taken during a vote Friday afternoon of the College of Cardinals.
Tuesday will begin with a Mass in the morning, followed by the first balloting in the afternoon.