Nick Spencer cuts through the complexities of religion and law to give a clear and judicious overview of what is at stake.
Cardinals begin talks on new Pope
5th March 2013
The idea is to have the new pope elected during next week and officially installed several days later so he can preside over the Holy Week ceremonies starting with Palm Sunday on March 24 and culminating in Easter the following Sunday.
The general congregations, closed-door meetings in the interregnum between a papacy and the conclave to choose the next one, will hold morning and afternoon sessions in an apparent 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 115 cardinal electors - those under 80 - can enter the Sistine Chapel for the conclave next week.
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