Cardinals Ready to Choose New Pope

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Cardinals meet for the final pre-conclave talks Monday. Tuesday they begin choosing a new pope.

Cardinals, including U.S. Roger Mahony, left, and Timothy Dolan, third from left, arrive for a meeting at the Vatican, Monday March 11, 2013. Cardinals have gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The cardinals who'll decide on a successor to Pope Benedict have wrapped up their pre-conclave discussions.

Vatican Officials say they voted to end their deliberations even though some still wanted to speak. Spokesman The Reverend Thomas Rosica says most felt they had "enough information."

The cardinal electors begin their conclave tomorrow -- proceeding into the Sistine Chapel, whose doors will be shut before balloting begins.

Since last Monday, cardinals have been airing their thoughts on what kind of man to choose -- a strong manager to overhaul a scandal-plagued Vatican bureaucracy, or a charismatic priest who can inspire the faithful.

In this morning's session, the cardinals got a rundown on efforts to clean up after one of those scandals: allegations of money laundering at the Vatican bank.


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