The events that will lead to the election of a new pope are starting to take shape.
The Catholic Church's cardinals will start general congregations - meetings that precede a conclave to elect a new pope - on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Vatican (3:30 a.m. ET), with a second session set for later that day, according to a letter issued Friday by the dean of the College of Cardinals.
Setting a date for the conclave to elect the new pope will be among the items on the agenda. The previous pope, Benedict XVI, resigned Thursday.