Monday, March 4, 2013

College of Cardinals gather as Vatican prepares for papal vote

cardinals gather as vatican prepares for a new pope

The members of the College of Cardinals have gathered this morning in the Synod Hall at the Vatican, where they started the first of the general congregations, in preparation for the conclave to elect the successor of Benedict XVI.

The congregation was declared open by the dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, who presides over the session. The start of work, the recitation of a prayer.
Congregations are called to be the cardinal electors (115, after the resignation of two of them) but not all are present, while several cardinals have not yet arrived in Rome. 

Among the first to arrive this morning in the vatican: the Dean Angelo Sodano, Tarcisio Bertone, Camillo Ruini, Giuseppe Betori, Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop Fernando Filoni, Claudio Hummes, Vinko Puljic, Reinhard Marx, Walter Kasper, Kurt Koch, Claudio Caffarra. Some cardinals came individually, others in small groups. 

The conclave - to be held in the Sistine Chapel - is expected to take place next week.


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